Environmental groups are demanding the introduction of a levy on single-use plastic bags.
England is the only part of the UK which has no plans for a charge, and South West-based Surfers Against Sewage, along with the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy and the Marine Conservation Society, are calling for one to be brought in.
The blight of plastic carriers on the environment was first raised by the Devon town of Modbury, which became the first community in Europe to ban them.
The call comes after the latest figures showed the number of carrier bags being given out by supermarkets rose by more than five per cent to nearly eight billion last year across the UK – the second annual rise in a row.
But in Wales, where a 5p charge was introduced last October, the amount of single-use bags being taken home has fallen significantly.
The organisations say plastic bags end up littering England's streets, countryside and beaches, while in the sea they can entangle or be swallowed by wildlife.
Most plastic takes an estimated 450 to 1,000 years to degrade at sea, but plastic may never fully degrade but simply break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
Samantha Harding, CPRE "Stop The Drop" campaign manager, said bag levies had been shown to work in Wales and in Ireland, where plastic bag use fell by 90 per cent following the introduction of a charge.
"A levy is coming to Northern Ireland and Scotland is already consulting on one. Why must the English countryside be the last to benefit from good environmental policies?" she asked.