How to avoid paying 5p for a plastic bag
As of 5 October all supermarket plastic bags will cost 5p, even though small ones you get from M&S. Now what’s 5p between friends? Well actually quiet a lot when you think about how that amount mounts up over the year.
There are exceptions, like smaller retailers don’t have to charge, and bags that you get fish or medicine in should be free!
So what is a poor shopper to do to avoid the charge:
Invest in a bag for life
I’ve had my Tesco hessian bags and Tchibo bags for years – they are such good quality. My Sainsburys bags have ripped at the seams, so do check the quality of any bag you buy.
Carry plastic bags with you
I take one with me in my handbag, and always have lots in the boot of your car. The big problem is that once you use the bag, you forget to put it bag in your bag. As you check for keys when you leave the house, maybe check for a bag.
Get a bag bank
These handy items basically store your bags. Put one near your shoes or coats, so that you can easily grab a bag.
Look our for freebie bags
At shows and other events, companies are always handed out goody bags, so remember to take one.
Here’s all the legislation – it’s actually fascinating reading: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrier-bag-charges-retailers-responsibilities