76% Pakistanis use plastic bags to carry their groceries from the market, Poll


Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 76% Pakistanis use plastic bags to carry their groceries from the market; 52% buy groceries from the neighbourhood shops.

A nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Generally, to get groceries or other items from the market, which of the following item is used in your household?” Responding to this, 76% said they use plastic bags while 17% used cloth bags. 4% claimed to use paper bags followed by only 3% who used a basket.

People were further asked: “Where do you normally buy the groceries?” In answer, 52% said the neighbourhood market along with 31% who claimed to shop from the shops in the main market. 13% used utility stores while 4% went to the weekly/economical bazaars.

The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2604 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during January 13, 2013 – Jan 20, 2014. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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