There has been a lot of news coverage about plastic being overused, the negative effects of it on our planet and that we can shape the future and make changes that will help those who inherit this world from us!

Well here’s a way you can have your say. I came across a poll about whether all shops should charge for plastic bags.

I voted yes! Why? It’s just as easy to take your own carrier bags whether you travel by car, walk or use buses and tubes. They fold flat and take up very little room. If you go somewhere like Lidl or Netto they often have boxes that goods have been stored in. It often works well to use them.

So please vote by visiting

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Heena Modi · April 9, 2008 at 10:44 am

I’ve just had an email from a friend saying that he doesn’t always remember to take plastic bags with him! I replied: –

You know they have banks outside most supermarkets to recycle unwanted bags too?

If i get on line shopping i ask for it to be delivered without bags i.e. in crates and i empty em upon delivery.

As for remembering bags..i don’t either so i keep em in the boot of my car! 🙂

Jonathan · April 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

It isn’t “just as easy” to take bags if you don’t drive. Drivers can just leave bags in their boot so they always have them whenever they might me needed, as the commenter above says. Using boxes is also a great idea, but only for people who drive. The people I see using 10-20 bags for their shopping just for the journeys to and from the car boot should be ashamed.

I think they should first clamp down on people who drive to the supermarket, before looking at bags. Tesco have a great scheme where they give you green clubcard points if you re-use a bag (other supermarkets should follow suit). However, my local Tesco is on the edge of town, within easy walking distance hundreds of households. There is a nice foot/cycle path leading to it. Yet hardly anyone walks. The car park is full. I think they should introduce green points for people who don’t use a car.

As of last week, I have stopped using disposable supermarket bags. I usually shop at Sainsbury’s, but am using the reusable bags Tesco gave me for free as I won’t pay for Sainsbury’s version. But I do re-use disposable bags for all sorts of things at home, so once my supply gets low, I’ll start taking them again. It’s also nice to know that if I buy too much to fit into my two bags, I can always take a disposable one for any excess.

Parhus Shah · April 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Think its good idea if people can take their own bags….and if they don’t then people can pay for the bags and the shop, for example, Lidl, can then use that money to go towards some enviro friendly projects.

Heena Modi · April 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Hey Jonathan

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

I think know what you mean about it not being “just as easy” to take bags if you don’t drive, if it’s about remembering. If not, surely it’s no big deal to fold them flat and have them in a big pocket, handbag or rucksack of some sort?

I agree that many things are easier if you have a car.

It’s funny. I often get points for re-using my bags but I forgot to mention it. Another way to encourage people to waste less plastic!

It’s a shame that locals don’t sue the foot/cycle path leading to your local Tesco.

Green points for people who don’t use a car would be great! How would they check it though? They’d have to have someone checking who comes in on foot and stamp them or something so only they get the rewards.

Anyway thanks for sharing. Do write again soon 🙂

Heena Modi · April 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm


Thanks for writing again. I love reading the thoughts that come about after reading one of my blogs.

Your comment on money being spent on eco friendly projects….that would be great! Do you know of any?

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