Supermarket plastic bag on the Belle Greve Bay sea shore
This is the mid-shore area of the southern end of Belle Greve Bay near the Salerie quay looking out towards the Quaine pole in the distance which is reachable by foot during an extremely low tide.
I found this Guernsey Safeway plastic carrier bag lying on the beach and took an image of it before picking it up.
Guernsey retail food shoppers used about 10 million plastic carrier bags per year before a £0.05 charge was introduced in 2008.
Stopping the free distribution of plastic carrier bags at Guernsey retail food shops has significantly reduced the number being distributed.
However a few plastic carrier bags still end up in the environment.
Because of their light weight, some plastic carrier bags are blown onto the shore where they may be carried out to sea to be ingested by cetaceans, marine birds or turtles.
Those that don't get ingested can degrade to invisible microscopic particles which then begin their journey through the food chain back to humans.
Disposable plastic carrier bags represent a wasteful use of oil.
They provide a short term convenience and a long-term environmental hazard.
Please bring a shopping bag with you when you shop.
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From Belle Greve Bay on Guernsey's east coast