Plastic bag ban?

  interzone55 10:19 19 Mar 2012

This is a very interesting article about plastic bags, they're not as bad as they're painted, especially if reused as a bin bag

BBC link

  Aitchbee 11:24 19 Mar 2012

Lidl give you, the shopper, the option of about five different plastic bags...of various strengths, thicknesses, and volume capacities...the bags are at the check-outs and if you don't wish to use/purchase any of the bags,sobeit. I use a permanent shopping bag, that goes over my two shoulders, leaving my arms available for other purposes.

  interzone55 11:27 19 Mar 2012


Most supermarkets are the same, you can buy strong plastic, fabric and insulated bags from Asda.

The point of the article is that unless you reuse the fabric bags hundreds of times, they're less environmentally friendly than the freebie plastic bags.

Paper bags are a seriously bad idea, as they use three times the resources to manufacture and distribute, but are almost never reused.

  finerty 13:53 19 Mar 2012

Lidl also charge for their bags!

  finerty 13:56 19 Mar 2012

Paper bags can easily break and plastic bags can break. The long life bags can too break, Ive broken so far about 10. Gone back to the supermarket given a replacement. im considering shopping trolley, the old pensioners use

  finerty 13:57 19 Mar 2012

but who will foot the bill.

  Chegs ®™ 16:02 19 Mar 2012

I reuse the plastic bags as bin-liners,& try to remember to take the long-life bags with me but as we often walk home with the shopping its more likely we take two haversacks which leaves our hands free.

  interzone55 16:25 19 Mar 2012

Chegs ®™

I'm a double offender, I always forget to take bags, and drive to the supermarket.

Mind you, I have to drive as the nearest decent supermarket is the Asda in Morecambe, which is 8 miles away.

  Aitchbee 17:03 19 Mar 2012

MANY THANKS, Chegs ...haversacks was the word I was a-lookin' for...for over-the-shoulder recepticles.

  wee eddie 17:15 19 Mar 2012

My own view is that a Plastic Bag Tax is the best way to go.

However: Those places that have tried the Tax, so far, have been much to timorous and I think that the starting Rate should be 20p, for one of those little vegetable bags, 50p for a normal sized Carrier Bag and £1 for a Re-usable Bag.

That Bacteria thing is a complete Smoke Screen. Everything has Bacteria on it, most of those are not Pathogenic and of those that are, very few are potentially harmful.

With that sort of price structure, folk would pretty soon start to remember to bring their Bags with them. I Roll and re-use all bags and have taken no more than a couple of new ones in in the last 2 years. Many of those, so called, single use bags have done more than 20 trips. Although the Tesco's ones seem to peg out after 8 or 9 uses and I've now run out of those. I still have a dozen, or more, Morrisons and M&S Bags in the Bag Holder in the Kitchen I always keep a couple of spare Bags in the Door Pocket of the Taxi and another couple in the side Pocket of the Rucksack that I use when I'm on my Bicycle.

  Armchair 17:28 19 Mar 2012

Old carrier bags are useful for putting dead birds in. They're usually ones that the local cats have dropped in my garden for whatever reason. A nasty business.

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