Or, to be more precise, it’s out of the bag. Last week saw the launch of the government’s Get a Bag Habit scheme, an attempt to get all of us thinking greener when it comes to that scourge of the city and the countryside, the ubiquitous plastic carrier bag.
There’s more information available from the BA/PA Environmental Action Group website green4books and the BA are encouraging all members to get involved by registering at recyclenowpartners.org.uk and using their retailer toolkit.
At LST we’ve adopted a policy of charging 5p for carrier bags, as well as having our own LST-branded cotton carriers available to buy. Whilst it’s only a nominal charge, it’s having the desired effect of making people stop and think about whether they really need a bag.
What’s your policy and how is it going down with your customers? What suggestions would you offer to other booksellers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint? And given the plethora of books that have now been published on environmental issues, which would you recommend? One of my personal favourites is Church House Publishing’s excellent little How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Christian? — well worth keeping in stock.