18 March 2010
Supermarket bags: what was the government playing at?
Actions have unintended consequences, a fact which Nu-Labour doesn't seem able to take on board. When I last lived in the UK many people used supermarket bags as small bin liners. Today when you go into a supermarket you are given exactly the number of bags that your shopping needs, and as I understand it that came about because of regime pressure on the shops to cease using so many plastic bags. However, people still have bins for their kitchen waste and those bins still need liners, so they buy them in supermarkets. Your friendly old Exile, being a cheapskate, just asked the girl at the checkout for some extra bags and she was only to pleased to hand over half a dozen or so, but it seems that most people are too embarrassed to do that.
This rather begs the question, since people are using plastic bin liners instead of old plastic bags for their rubbish, where exactly is the green benefit?