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Charges being applied to plastic bags at supermarkets

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Listening to the radio this morning, there's a lot of talk about the 5p (or there abouts) price on plastic bags in the supermarket, specifically M&S who have just started this. Now I've been complaining about the price of just about everything lately and a price being attached to something that used to be free should probably get my blood boiling... but I really don't seem to mind.

I generally always bring along a couple of re-useable bags when I go shopping, folded up (the ones that have a button) and in my bag.

I often shop at Lidl where they've always charged 3p for bags, which gives me more of an incentive to bring some re-useable ones with me. Hell, I've even resorted to picking up an empty box and using that to carry my goods back to the car!

I understand it's going to be inconvenient for some, but I can't see it really affecting me much. If I'm gonna be charged for bags then I'm more likely to try and remember to bring my own next time I go shopping at Tesco/Asda/Sainsburys.

What's your take on this?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I thought the M&S 5p bag would be the bag for life style, as they have recently been giving this away in some promotion.
However, M&S have done alot towards bag for life style bags, they sell various types of canvas' bags, one of which I personally think is going to be the 'under £5 IT bag for the summer' :oops:

Shops charging you for bags is a good incentive for you to re-use bags, I would! I do, I use an over sized handbag so i don't have to use carrier bags as much, and always re-using larger carrier bags!- Even if it is as dustbin bags :oops:

I believe there's an island somewhere in the british isles that charge for carrier bags? (Maybe it's a county!) .... right i'll quit my little rant :thumbsup:

actually.... i'd like to carry on!

I got p'vd in asda the other day as... they had their bag for life bags on those little hooks where their normal bags are kept...
which really preasured me in to purchasing one as I had picked it up thinking that was the bag i had to use... then the cashier told me i had to pay for it!

I have re-used it since, only the once as it then got a large rip in it!!! luckily I had my 'man bag' (Note: I'm female!!) with me so I had the hassle of rearranging stuff to ease the asda bag! Which then made me late for my lesson :( (Rarely happens!)

I also had with me an m&s bag for life bag (Yeah, lots of bits with me!) which didn't break!!! hmm :(
#2
I think this is a good thing.
If you ever go to France you will find that most supermarkets there have this policy, and everyone copes. You either get organised and bring your own bags with you, or you pay. The theory is that it saves the environment because the bags don't end up in landfill.
What I'd like to see is the money you pay for your bag being put towards a charitable cause to do with the environment.
What I haven't seen is a solution to what happens with home delivery. We still get 20 odd bags for home delivery because you often get one item in a bag. I can't see them charging for these bags either. Maybe a few large boxes which you have to return for a refundable deposit?
#3
will the moeny ever go to reclcying or will it just go in to the pockets of some milllionaire
banned#4
very goog thing... they should be taxed like alcohol and cigs.

the general public needs to be forced into doing this as not many people are unselfish enough to change on thier own.

electricity use should be monitored as well as water and gas. my GF family waste so much of each so if the price went up on a means tested basis (so elderly people were not affected) then people would change!
#5
backtothecaves

what happens with home delivery. We still get 20 odd bags for home delivery because you often get one item in a bag. I can't see them charging for these bags either.


That's really bad! :(
i always assumed the products were put into boxes not bags... or is it both?! :O
banned#6
REDRANGER86
will the moeny ever go to reclcying or will it just go in to the pockets of some milllionaire


who cares, alsong as the bags dont pile up a landfill
#7
About time really...
#8
Glad to see I'm not the only one that doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. My sister's a vet and was telling me the other day that plastic bags kill ducks as they wrap around them and cause them to suffocate/drown. I guess this is more carelessness of the people who use them and just chuck them away though.

So screw 'em! I have loads of re-useables from Tesco, Sainsburys and Wilko and part of my kitchen cupboard filled to the rim with plastic bags I've used over the years. I don't think I'll need another one.

I'd like 5p/litre off at the pump for every plastic bag I don't take. ;-)
banned#9
sainsburys used to do a penny for each bag you reuse... but they stopped once it got too popular (dont know real reason)!!

and people can trade i tink its like 10 normal bags for a thicker reusable one at asda.

there is so much out there to support people reusing bags but people are lazy. i hope it costs £1 a bag... I honestly do.
#10
TGB


I'd like 5p/litre off at the pump for every plastic bag I don't take. ;-)


Lol good idea! :thumbsup:
#11
imranmaz
sainsburys used to do a penny for each bag you reuse... but they stopped once it got too popular (dont know real reason)!!

and people can trade i tink its like 10 normal bags for a thicker reusable one at asda.

there is so much out there to support people reusing bags but people are lazy. i hope it costs £1 a bag... I honestly do.


Yeah I agree. So many ppl take a bag for the sake of it...
#12
imranmaz
sainsburys used to do a penny for each bag you reuse... but they stopped once it got too popular (dont know real reason)!!

and people can trade i tink its like 10 normal bags for a thicker reusable one at asda.

there is so much out there to support people reusing bags but people are lazy. i hope it costs £1 a bag... I honestly do.


at tesco's I think you get green points towards your advantage card points for re-using!
My nan goes over the top with hers... she has about 8 of the big bags... (But she has used them ever since they came out!)
#13
might be a good idea to only buy what you can carry without using a bag, good way of dieting too ! could even learn to balance things on your head like they do in Africa :) now that would be a sight ;-)
#14
Instead of charging 5p for a bag which is not environmentally friendly, why don't these supermarkets find a more environmentally friendly bag, then charge us 5p for them!
Stupid supermarkets .. which should also cut down on the amount of packaging they use!:x
banned#15
my gf bought one of those canvas ones but cause the plastic ones are free she always forgets the reusable one... it the plastic ones cost like 10p then she'd bring the other one..

I think electricity and water is wasted so much too man.. and they have a bigger impact.
banned#16
Sheriff Waffles
Instead of charging 5p for a bag which is not environmentally friendly, why don't these supermarkets find a more environmentally friendly bag, then charge us 5p for them!
Stupid supermarkets .. which should also cut down on the amount of packaging they use!:x


http://www.asda-bagforlife.com/bag_amnesty.htm
http://www.talkingretail.com/news/4936/Asda-trials-bag-free-checkouts.ehtml
#17
yimmie
That's really bad! :(
i always assumed the products were put into boxes not bags... or is it both?! :O


It's always bags from Ocado (Waitrose) and Sainsbury's.
I don't know about anyone else.
#18
This is kind of inspiring me to scrap a project at uni (Magazine article on social networking)
to then write about morals and ethics of a shopper and the industry etc etc.
After all shiz like this is becoming en vogue etc etc. :)

aah it would be amazingggg! then i can do a feature bit about my theory on the new it bag! :D:D Think i'll ask my teacher later :) hehe
#19
Good for Asda.
Supermarkets should get rid of bags, then people would have to buy the re-useable/environmentally friendly ones!
I'm all for it, no more plastic bags!!!!
#20
Our local council (wirral) is trying to ban plastic bags all together, they have the go ahead to ban them, which I think is a fantastic idea.
#21
yimmie
at tesco's I think you get green points towards your advantage card points for re-using!


Yes - I have got loads of points this way - if you use a thicker 'bag for life' type (from any shop) you get 2 points per bag! You just have to make sure that the cashier adds the points at the end as sometimes they miss them off - I usually just say how many bags I reused to make sure the points are added before paying!
#22
Laffy42
Yes - I have got loads of points this way - if you use a thicker 'bag for life' type (from any shop) you get 2 points per bag! You just have to make sure that the cashier adds the points at the end as sometimes they miss them off - I usually just say how many bags I reused to make sure the points are added before paying!


That's what my Nan does too! She states how many.. it's such a shame it has only really just started to be rewarded.. not that it should be rewarded as such... :?
#23
I wish that Sainsburys would do it too - I have to say that I have loads of their bags for life from when they gave them away, but I always take them into Tesco's for the points, but don't always remember them in Sainsburys ... it's amazing what a difference just that little incentive makes! Also Asda do the green vouchers for schools if you reuse a bag - but the last lot I had were all out of date ... hmmm!
#24
5p won't deter anyone. Lets face it when you buy groceries, what a couple 5ps here and there these days.

I don't understand why they don't switch to using recycled paper bags as they do in the states, if people persist in not taking their own bags.
#25
My problem will be remembering to take the re-usable ones into the supermarket (I always keep them in the boot of the car and forget them!) plus, I do recycle the bags as I use them as bin liners.
#26
suze
My problem will be remembering to take the re-usable ones into the supermarket (I always keep them in the boot of the car and forget them!) plus, I do recycle the bags as I use them as bin liners.


I always keep a couple of the bag for life type folded up in my handbag (obviously won't work unless you have reasonably large bag though!)

I use the free plastic ones for bin liner too, but now I am reusing bags most of the time I am getting into an ethical dilemma as I am running out of them and I don't want to have to BUY bin bags ... (absolutely against my HUKD principles!) ... will have to 'forget' the reusable ones at Sainsburys next time I guess ...!
#27
Laffy42
I use the free plastic ones for bin liner too, but now I am reusing bags most of the time I am getting into an ethical dilemma as I am running out of them and I don't want to have to BUY bin bags ... (absolutely against my HUKD principles!) ... will have to 'forget' the reusable ones at Sainsburys next time I guess ...!


I know its a dilema!!! :p
#28
suze
My problem will be remembering to take the re-usable ones into the supermarket (I always keep them in the boot of the car and forget them!) plus, I do recycle the bags as I use them as bin liners.


That's not recycling though, that's just reusing. Ultimately those bags will end up in a landfill, and the number of bags you ultimately dispose of isn't being reduced.

(I'm not having a go, as we do exactly the same here. :-( )
#29
When they're all gone you'll moan more.

The ever so useful plastic bag.
#30
and for those that forget to bring a bag - and refuse to pay for more will just leave their shopping at the counter - even more waste !
#31
nightswimmer
That's not recycling though, that's just reusing. Ultimately those bags will end up in a landfill, and the number of bags you ultimately dispose of isn't being reduced.

(I'm not having a go, as we do exactly the same here. :-( )


To be honest, I think most people do as we do and reuse the bags, have to admit I'd never thought of it not being recycling.
banned#32
Am I the only one to use carrier bags as swing bin liners. Saves me money in the long run and my council insists all rubbish is bagged :?

I wouldn't dream of just chucking empty carrier bags away!
#33
nightswimmer
That's not recycling though, that's just reusing. Ultimately those bags will end up in a landfill, and the number of bags you ultimately dispose of isn't being reduced.

(I'm not having a go, as we do exactly the same here. :-( )


At least you aren't just chucking them and buying ANOTHER bag as well to line the bin ...

(Dammit - why can't I get smileys to work on this?!!)
#34
backtothecaves

What I haven't seen is a solution to what happens with home delivery. We still get 20 odd bags for home delivery because you often get one item in a bag. I can't see them charging for these bags either. Maybe a few large boxes which you have to return for a refundable deposit?


tesco offer a box system, yuo can choose no bags & get clubcard points
not sure on asda
#35
I think it's good over all. Yesterday, however, was the first time i got stung by it though. I wasn't planning on going shopping, but walked past co-op to get a bags worth of essentials, but obviously there are no bags and i didnt have one with me because i wasnt expecting to go. a bit annoying because i often just end up walking into a small shop like co-op or spar to get bits and bobs. now i'll be 5p down on each occassion, lol.
#36
nightswimmer
5p won't deter anyone. Lets face it when you buy groceries, what a couple 5ps here and there these days.

I don't understand why they don't switch to using recycled paper bags as they do in the states, if people persist in not taking their own bags.



Acually it can, if you lived miles from nearest supermarket and relied on public transport its more of a pain. especially if on low incomes all those 5ps would mount up till quite a few quid a month extra.

Not everyone plans to shop or knows how much they need so it means taking bags uncessarily around with you
#37
If Asda are going to start charging then i'll just go somewhere else, And if go a place that does charge, they can keep the shopping!

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