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Old 15th Sep 2021, 17:57
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Plastic Bags

I normally take one with me when I go shopping. Today I forgot and at the Morrisons checkout found I really needed one. When I scanned it the amount showed 60p.i called an assistant and said that it had the price wrong. She said no, that what they cost now. We are talking just an ordinary plastic bag of the type they used to give away. I said that I thought they were 10p. She said " that was years ago." It wasn't. These bags can cost no more than 2p to produce. As far as I'm aware the 58p isn't going to Greenpeace of FoE, it's going to Morrisons.

They also place the fancy dangle 150 a litre petrol next to the ordinary one. Obviously a ploy so that people buy it by mistake.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 18:09
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I normally take one with me when I go shopping. Today I forgot and at the Morrisons checkout found I really needed one. When I scanned it the amount showed 60p.i called an assistant and said that it had the price wrong. She said no, that what they cost now. We are talking just an ordinary plastic bag of the type they used to give away. I said that I thought they were 10p. She said " that was years ago." It wasn't. These bags can cost no more than 2p to produce. As far as I'm aware the 58p isn't going to Greenpeace of FoE, it's going to Morrisons.
It's to help you to remember next time - a bit like Ryanair charging you a fortune when you forget to print your boarding pass.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 18:18
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Just say you forgot something and go buy some plastic bin liners.
Put your shopping in those.
To be honest much stronger, handles break on plastic shopping bags.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 18:39
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That’s what we should get rid off, you will never get people to give up on plastics when you sell them bags to throw away, and that’s what a bin bag is, it beggars belief we are all being told to cut down on plastic waste then purchase a bag for the specific reason of throwing it away.


wrapping your plastic rubbish in plastic is ludicrous.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 19:16
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I used to put my rubbish in carrier bags till I got my bags for life. We don't have wheelie bins in my row of houses, so bin bags it is.

One of my Tesco bags for life is slightly mouse-chewed and both are a bit battered. "Ooh, let me give you replacements" said a cashier recently. Nonsense, years of use in them yet!
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 20:10
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we don't bother with plastic bags, haven't for a long time. We usually have small rucksack on our shoulders when out and about. If we are on foot then we only buy what will fit in them. If we have the car for a larger shop we always acquire an empty cardboard box/tray from the fruit and veg aisles to hold the shopping. It has the advantage over carrier bags in that it doesn't fall over and distribute your goods all over the inside of the car and it is free.

Kerbside recycling takes away the empties.

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Old 15th Sep 2021, 21:02
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As usual the UK was late to the party. Bags for life were the norm in French supermarkets long before the UK even thought about it and they are much harder wearing. We have 2 Leclerc bags that are over 13 years old and have plenty of life left in them despite weekly use. The SuperU bag is looking a bit more dogeared but it is even older. Might have to swap it for a replacement next time we go to France.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 21:48
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
As usual the UK was late to the party. Bags for life were the norm in French supermarkets long before the UK even thought about it and they are much harder wearing. We have 2 Leclerc bags that are over 13 years old and have plenty of life left in them despite weekly use. The SuperU bag is looking a bit more dogeared but it is even older. Might have to swap it for a replacement next time we go to France.
Beat you - we are using 15 year old Mercadona bags from Spain!
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 05:33
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Beat you both - we are using 20 year old CPH Tax-free bags and they still have plenty of life left in them.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 06:04
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I too have plenty of 'bags for life', not including the one's under my eyes. I have a few 'Casino' supermarket bags purchased in france and used well for over 10 years. They're the kind that fold up into a circular zipped pouch to make carrying them (empty) a doddle.

For me, the issue is that some food shopping is spontaneous because you realise you've forgotten something, or simply because you fancy something and in that moment you don't have a bag on your person, so reluctantly a plastic bag is purchased. They do get used again for various taske, so it's not like one use and in the bin, but in general they are wasteful.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 06:10
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I never got why plastic bags are considered to be "bad" now. Walking to your supermarket is environmentally friendly. If you hand carry your stuff instead of throwing it int the trunk of your car you might even want to take two bags to stay within weight and balance. So plastic bags encourage environmental friendly pedestrians. And paper bags don't cut it on rainy days. Plastic bags can be reused and when their structural life is coming to an end you can still put junk in them and throw them away. They are far more useful than a lot of plastic packaging, bottles and stuff that is only single purpose these days.
What the EU back then originally had intended was banning those clear thin plastic bags used to wrap fruit and vegetables as they were considered to end up in the oceans finally. Instead carrying bags got banned.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 07:00
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I never got why plastic bags are considered to be "bad" now. Walking to your supermarket is environmentally friendly. If you hand carry your stuff instead of throwing it int the trunk of your car you might even want to take two bags to stay within weight and balance. So plastic bags encourage environmental friendly pedestrians. And paper bags don't cut it on rainy days. Plastic bags can be reused and when their structural life is coming to an end you can still put junk in them and throw them away. They are far more useful than a lot of plastic packaging, bottles and stuff that is only single purpose these days.
What the EU back then originally had intended was banning those clear thin plastic bags used to wrap fruit and vegetables as they were considered to end up in the oceans finally. Instead carrying bags got banned.
Can't argue with that! I find myself getting frustrated regularly by all the single-use plastic in food packaging, knowing that it will end up buried or burnt. Yes, many supermarkets and manufacturers are getting more mindful about their packaging and it all helps, but there's a good ways to go yet. It's not so simple in many cities/countries to shop in places that have minimal/no packaging, but if you're willing to put the time and effort it can be achieved.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 07:02
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Why is it that supermarkets GIVE you bags with vegetables wrapped up in that are made of the toughest plastic known to man, and SELL you bags to carry your shopping in that are made out of the thinnest plastic that rips if a fly farts near it?
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 07:43
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I’ve had the same bag for life for well over forty years.


If she ever finds out I called her that she’d divorce me……
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 09:02
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Never mind plastic enshrouded supermarket fodder, it's the number of things one buys that are encased in plastic packaging apparently made from titanium that seriously irks me. You gaze fondly at your latest gizmo, briefly tussle with it in unarmed combat, wield scissors uselessly for several minutes, wear out three angle grinder metal discs and finally get the product released into God's own fresh air with the aid of a themal lance, only to discover you've partially melted it...
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 09:11
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Never mind plastic enshrouded supermarket fodder, it's the number of things one buys that are encased in plastic packaging apparently made from titanium that seriously irks me. You gaze fondly at your latest gizmo, briefly tussle with it in unarmed combat, wield scissors uselessly for several minutes, wear out three angle grinder metal discs and finally get the product released into God's own fresh air with the aid of a themal lance, only to discover you've partially melted it...
I have a very robust pair of scissors that deals with such packaging. Of course they came in the same packaging themselves, which I had to attack a kitchen knife; thankfully I survived the experince with all fingers intact.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 10:47
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Originally Posted by BigEndBob View Post
Just say you forgot something and go buy some plastic bin liners.
Put your shopping in those.
To be honest much stronger, handles break on plastic shopping bags.
I'm always forgetting to take reusable plastic bags but a couple of empty cardboard boxes from the veg section will hold a lot of shopping and won't fall over in the boot on the way home. Much stronger and no extra plastic.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 13:03
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I'm always forgetting to take reusable plastic bags but a couple of empty cardboard boxes from the veg section will hold a lot of shopping and won't fall over in the boot on the way home. Much stronger and no extra plastic.
Completely agree, but our local ALDI used to put their empty boxes in the packing area after the check-outs and you could pick a suitable box and load your stuff into it. Some time ago they stopped doing it, some H&S crap no doubt.
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Our reusable bags are all on a bright red hook in the garage, close to the door. from the kitchen You have to squeeze past them to get to the car. Usually stops us forgetting them.

I know - keeping the car in the garage is a bit of an anachronism these days
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I'm always forgetting to take reusable plastic bags but a couple of empty cardboard boxes from the veg section will hold a lot of shopping and won't fall over in the boot on the way home. Much stronger and no extra plastic.
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