03 March 2008 | Paul Snell
The use of plastic bags for marketing government initiatives has been banned as part of a sustainable procurement project run by the government's Central Office of Information (COI).
The COI said the purchase of plastic bags would be stopped "with immediate effect", and sustainable choices would be taken for other material used for marketing and events.
Since April last year 204,500 plastic bags were purchased through the COI.
The move coincides with an article written by prime minister Gordon Brown in the Daily Mail last week where he wrote of the need to eliminate the use of plastic bags. "I am convinced we need to act - and the time to act is now," he said.
Peter Buchanan, the COI's deputy chief executive, said in a statement: "The sustainable procurement project that we began last autumn will ensure that all of our output - from direct mail and advertising production to print and exhibition builds - is sustainable."