Beat the 5p bag charge, save the planet!

England has become the last country in the UK to charge 5p for plastic bags when shopping at larger shops. Why? A whopping 7.64 billion plastic bags were handed out to shoppers in England in 2014, most of which end up in land-fill but also some escape into hedges, trees, taking hundreds of years to break down.. looking unsightly and ultimately damaging our wildlife, seas and coastline.

By charging for these, the government predict a 80% reduction from supermarkets and 50% on high streets leading to litter clean-up cost and carbon savings. Shoppers are encouraged to instead re-use plastic bags and/or bring their own bags to fill with goods.

So that’s the bad news out of the way, how about the good news? You can buy re-usable Totally Locally Teddington bags at local shops Gardenia, Heirloom, Card Collection and Simply Skin for £5.

They are versatile enough to hold a lot of paper/cardboard/glass etc to transport to a recycling centre on your travels, then strong enough to carry lots of shopping (tested 4 x 2 litre bottles or lots of misc items).

They’re also a great way to show that you support your high street and the Totally Locally campaign.

If you have a TL bag and are travelling abroad, take a snap of the bag and send it to us, we’re collating a map to see how far they travel! (click for full map).

Bags, bags and more bags. Also news!

From Monday 8th September, our sturdy, re-usable Totally Locally Teddington bags will go on sale at Heirloom, Card Collection, Simply Skin and Happy Potter for £5 each.

On Sunday 7th September we will have a stand at the prestigious Dog Olympics at Udney Hall Gardens (next to the Landmark) from 12-4pm. Here you can nominate a Hidden Gem for a chance to win some fab prizes (live draw), also if you’re bringing your dog along, take a photo of the pup in our photo frame and tweet @TLTeddington or email the photo to and the owner of the cutest photo will also win a prize!

At our stand, you can be the first to own the fabulous bags as well as having your own lovely Rachel Morris artwork, they’re strong and big enough to hold more than a standard plastic carrier bag’s worth of shopping, recycling etc and help reduce the impact on the environment! Funds from sales will go towards each retailer and help support the Totally Locally campaign here in Teddington.

Next to us on Sunday will be representatives from the Say No To Sainsbury’s Campaign – many locals aren’t aware that an appeal by Sainsbury’s overturned the Council’s rejection of their plans and the team are happy to chat to locals about the reasons for their objection and add petition signatures to help their campaign.

Whether you have a dog or not, it’s a great day out so pop along and help Vet4Life raise money for local animal charities. Stop by and say hi!

Coming up next will be another of our popular FiverFests in mid-October leading up to some ghoulish goings-on for Halloween.