Written by Iris W.
Starting in April, our plastic bags will be increasing in price: from 10 cents to 30 cents a bag. If that sounds like a lot for a simple plastic carrier bag, well—that’s kind of the point! Allow us to explain.
Back in 2016, EU regulations regarding plastic bags changed: it was no longer allowed to hand them out for free, even with a purchase. The idea behind this new policy was to discourage plastic consumption, and crucially, it worked: the demand for plastic bags dropped by a whopping 80%. At ABC, we complied by charging 10 cents for our plastic carrier bags. This was a symbolic amount more than anything else, as it didn’t even cover our production costs.
These days, production costs of pretty much everything, including our bags, are on the rise. This is part of the reason we decided to raise the prices. But the other, arguably more important part, is that we want to encourage you to reuse your bag. Bring it with you the next time you drop in for a browse, and use it to carry a few more books home. Or—if you’re on a book-buying ban after last visit’s binge (no judgment!)—use it for other things. If you follow us on social media, you may have seen a few posts highlighting alternative uses to inspire you. Plastic pollution is a huge problem worldwide, and there is no planet B, so it’s crucial we all step up where we can.