Carrier Bag Stash
March 14, 2017 4:37am CST
The government insistence that getting carrier bags in supermarkets and big shops can no longer be free but must incur a 5p charge led me to start taking my own bags around with me more and more. Though presented as good for the environment, the bag charge is really just an annoying taxation on the shopper. Poundland shops where everything costs a £ pound should now really be called the £1.05 shops. I see the look of disappointment from till-operators in some stores when I show that I have brought my own bags with me, depriving them of their levy. Many still mechanically ask me if I want a bag even as I fill my own bags with the goods purchased. I have now started making sure I keep and store any carrier bags I receive to my stash, which has now grown considerably. It gets so that if someone brings me gifts that are in carrier bags, the bags themselves become part of the gift for me. I am now reaching saturation point, where I should be thinking I have enough bags to be going on with, but no, my accumulation continues relentlessly. It is getting so that if a bag breaks or wears out, I practically mourn for it. I need help. Arthur Chappell
10 people like this
• Preston, England
14 Mar 17
@Asylum I generate relatively little rubbish and as the bins are outside just to the side of the flats I just take the trash down with me when going out and drop it in the bins as I go - rare for there to be enough to need to bag it first
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Mar 17
these not the cheap plastic sacks, but the ones made to be reused? I would prob decide on a good number, and anything over that gets shared with others in your building or is used to replace a worn one that is being thrown away
14 Mar 17
We pay for bags here too and in Italy from many years. I always bring my own bags, I bought three folding bags at Ikea for $1 the tree. They are solid, I keep one in my pocket another in my bag and one in the car drawer. No more need to buy supermarkets bags.
• United States
14 Mar 17
Now I have had my laugh for the day, as I have lots and lots of bags to avoid the bag fee. My husband doesn't bring bags, as expects me to bring enough bags for both of us. I have lots of different colors, so can hand him a bag he won't mind carrying.