Bread 41 has announced that it will charge customers for paper bags in an effort to encourage sustainability.
Dublin’s city center bakery is introducing a 15c paper bag tax from October 1.
Bread 41 hopes the levy will encourage customers to reduce their consumption.
In 2002, Ireland introduced a 15C environmental tax on plastic bags which led to a 90% reduction in the use of plastic bags, with one billion plastic bags taken out of circulation.
A statement from the bakery reads: “Paper bags have replaced plastic in most establishments, and while 20 years ago it was a step in the right direction, we are now all becoming more aware of the growing problem of single-use products.
“While the paper can be composted, producing these bags which are usually thrown away within minutes is a huge strain on the environment.
“The energy used to produce and then recycle these bags is enormous and can easily be avoided.”
Bread 41 was also the first to introduce a ‘no cup, no coffee’ policy at its bakery to eliminate the use of single-use paper cups before Covid.
Bread 41 owner and head baker Eoin Cluskey, who spearheaded the initiative, said: “Since the plastic bag levy came into effect, the number of plastic bags purchased has dropped by 90%.
“Now is the time for all single-use paper bags to follow suit. We are facing a climate crisis and we must each recognize our responsibility as business owners and individuals and take a stand and stop being part of it. We need to be held accountable for the waste we produce.
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