Britons ditching single-use bags

Britain has already banned microbeads in rinse-off personal care products and restricted the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

It is the nature of the beast that news usually focuses on the negative, which makes decision-makers and citizens aware of what is going wrong, so that things can be set right.

It is not often that positive developments receive the same attention in news discourse.

In these days of slick news management, when much happens on various fronts on some days

such as the election of Britain’s next prime minister, Commonwealth Games

a high-profile libel case, major crime news, or thousands of victims of a historic contaminated blood scandal getting compensation.

For example, buried in a new cache of official data last week were figures of how raising the price of single-use carrier bag from 5 pence to 10 pence has cut plastic use

the figures show. The 5 pence charge was introduced in supermarkets in 2015; since then

usage at the main retailers has dropped by a staggering 97 per cent