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Free Bags for life again next Tues 29/05/2007

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9y, 7m agoFound 9 years, 7 months ago
Our second Make the Difference day

Each of our Make the difference days will champion specific social and environmental issues, saying what Sainsbury's is doing to address it and providing simple ways for customers to get involved. If we all act together we can really make the difference.

Our first Make the Difference day was a huge success. We gave away over six million re-usable 'Bags for Life' and we have seen a significant increase use of reusable bags since the event.

Our next Make the Difference day will be held on Tuesday 29 May. To truly make the difference, we need to continue to change our habits by reusing carrier bags every shopping trip, reducing the number of plastic bags used.

Helping you care for the environment free Bag for Life on Tuesday 29 May

Pack your shopping in our reusable bags on Tuesday 29 May 2007 and well give you them for free. Our Bags for Life usually cost 10p each and theyre made from 100% recycled material.

This bag has been designed to be used again and again. When it gets worn out, just return it to the cashier when you pay for your shopping and well replace it for free. These old carrier bags will then be recycled into new ones.

Last year we saw a 25% increase in shoppers reusing their carrier bags, and 1,000 tonnes of carrier bags were collected from our instore recycling points. Together we can reduce the impact on the environment and make the difference.
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#1
From an ecological standpoint, it'd be far better if supermarkets did what they used to do, and that's allow you to use their old cardboard boxes!

We used to go shopping and not use any bags whatsoever, but simply fill up a couple of the old, unwanted boxes with the stuff we'd bought.

Not only did we save a few carrier bags from going to the landfill, we were disposing of the old boxes the supermarket didn't want, saving them money!

Next time you go into the supermarket, ask if you can have some of their old boxes. You'll probably be told it is now "Company policy" not to give them away!

Supermarkets dumped this idea 'cos it didn't fit their image. The only ones that still seem to do it are the likes of Lidl, where you have to pay a fair price for the carrier bags anyway.

The supermarkets are simply jumping on the "green" bandwagon because they think it'll bring in more customers. If they think something'll clash with their corporate image or costs them "bag for life" sales they simply aren't interested!
#2
This has very little to do with " Green " it is about the greedy Supermarkets saving money long term.

Obviously supermarkets don't give a fig about the environment, look at their packaging.. :whistling:

I am not knocking the OP, it is a good find.

Just having a rant.:)
#3
I have worked in several supermarkets and this is not true at all. Nowadays supermarkets collect all their old carboard boxes. They are crushed using a bailing machine and then collected and recycled. Recycling these carboard boxes is surely far better then letting customers take them home to dispose of them in their household dustbins.

As regards to packaging for products - I agree there is far too much! However supermarkets can hardly be held accountable for this - it is the responsiblity of the individual product manufacturers. These manufacturers are not preapared to cut the amount of packaging they use because the packaging helps sell the product. For example I once read about a toothpaste company in France who decided to stop putting the toothpaste tubes in a cardboard box. Lets face it - this cardboard box is completely unnecessary - however when they stopped using a cardboard box their sales fell significantly.

It's consumers at the end of the day who play an important role. I personally use recycled carrier bags. I do not have a car (believe it or not some people don't!) and i would find it very difficult to carry my shopping using a cardboard box anyway.
#4
hola33
I have worked in several supermarkets and this is not true at all. Nowadays supermarkets collect all their old carboard boxes. They are crushed using a bailing machine and then collected and recycled. Recycling these carboard boxes is surely far better then letting customers take them home to dispose of them in their household dustbins.


Why?

Surely it's better that a customer uses an unwanted box to take his goods home rather than using a new plastic bag? It's giving an unwanted item an extra use before it's recycled! It also means less plastic bags will be used.

A plastic bag takes hundreds of years to brak down when it's dumped..a cardboard box does the same thing in a matter of weeks. In addition, cardboard is made mainly from wood pulp so is an entrirely natural occurence.

I don't see that there's any difference between a customer sending a box for recycling or the supermarket doing it?
#5
I would totally agree if customers did recylce the cardboard boxes, but I'm pretty sure that the vast majority wouldn't.

Yes you're right, a plastic bag takes forever to break down - that's the whole point of getting a re-usable one - one that is never sent to the landfill site. If it needs replacing then take it back to the store, get a free replacement and the old one is recycled.
#6
I've never seen one person using a bag for life in a supermarket!
#7
For some time now, 'plastic' carrier bags can be made from biodegradeable materials such as corn starch. This is what the bags available should be made of. That way any that do end up the bin (which there will be many) will still break down. Pet 'waste' bags are a prime target for such things!

I agree with the bag for life concept but normal bags [that are biodegradeable ] should still be available for those "quick visit to the shops on the way home" occurrances.
#8
I agree with some of the previous posts; this is just a supermarket jumping on the 'save the planet' bandwagon to appear as a concerned entity fighting global warming, thereby drawing in the greenies to their store.

Bag for life is just a load of old fanny; they're just trying to reduce their costs by not spending money on carrier bags.

The supermarkets are pushing step by step to a position where they can use the 'green card' to say we are not going to provide carrier bags anymore and you will either have to bring your own bag or buy bags for life.

And are we likely to see any benefit in reduced grocery prices following their massive cost saving by not having to provide plastic bags???

Pardon the rant but seeing capitalistic companies trying to use concern for the environment as a smokescreen for cost reduction and to gain beneficial PR gets my goat.

And I'm a capitalist myself, by the way, not a sandal-wearing leftie.

JS
#9
MrPinchPenny
I've never seen one person using a bag for life in a supermarket!

Same here its pathetic, why give them away, then brag about how many you have given away, when probably 95% of them end up in the bin. OK give them away once, stop providing free bags, then people would have to use them.
#10
hola33
I would totally agree if customers did recylce the cardboard boxes, but I'm pretty sure that the vast majority wouldn't.


The system round here works well. The council give you a roll of pink sacks and a roll of clear sacks. The pink are for normal refuse and the clear is for recyclables.

If you don't recycle 50% of your rubbish you end up running out of sacks so it really does encourange people to recycle at least 50% of their stuff.

I know we should all be aiming far higher, but this is a start.

(I know what you are going to say: "Oooh! Bin bags! Not very green are they?". Well working it out over the 10 year lifespan of a wheelie bin it actally works out cheaper for the council to give away bin bags than give away wheelie bins!)
#11
sanmarco5
stop providing free bags


The system in Lidl works well. Bags are either 3p or 9p each. Most people, faced with paying don't bother with bags and load the stuff straight into their cars.
#12
sigma
All Tesco carrier bags are now all degradable which means they break down in a matter of months into CO2, water and mineral matter with no harmful residue.


I have had a couple break down whilst walking across the car park! Beer 'n eggs all over the place!
#13
AndyToys
The system in Lidl works well. Bags are either 3p or 9p each. Most people, faced with paying don't bother with bags and load the stuff straight into their cars.


That's why Lidl is crap :thumbsup:
#14
ade2j
That's why Lidl is crap :thumbsup:


Lidl's is a German company...Germany puts the rest of Europe to shame when it comes to green, and they have done so for years.

Lidls may well be " crap " in your opinion, but at least they havn't just jumped aboard the " Green Gravy Train ".. like Sainsburys etc.
#15
ade2j
That's why Lidl is crap :thumbsup:


I loikes it 'cos it's cheaper than anywhere else. I mean, why pay £1.30 for something when you can get it for 69p etc..

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