Norwegians reduced plastic bag consumption by 105 million bags in four years

Shopping - plastic bagPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Since 2016, plastic bag consumption among Norwegians has decreased by 22%, which is equivalent to 105 million bags. 

Norwegians used 782 million plastic bags in 2020, according to figures from Handelens Miljøfond, which collects figures from most grocery stores and specialist retailers in Norway.

“There is an incredible number of bags,” acting manager Eirik Oland told P4 news.

He believes that more frequent store visits during the corona pandemic are the reason why the decline is not greater. The goal is to reduce consumption by 50% by 2025.

“That means we have to go down to about 400 million bags. We encourage people to take reusable bags that they already have and use them several times when they go to the store,” Oland said.

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1 Comment on "Norwegians reduced plastic bag consumption by 105 million bags in four years"

  1. I always reuse my plastic market bags … as many as 10 times, unless they become trash bags first. Some people get new ones every time at the supermarket and stuff their cupboards full of them. I occasionally have a shortage. 🙂

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