Sunday, May 06, 2007

Bag for Life

Bought a couple of 'bags for life' from Booths, our local supermarket the other day. It's all part of a move away from the disposable culture that puts millions of bags in landfill each year. Most supermarkets are doing some kind of promotion on this. All very commendable.

The question I have is how do you make sure you remember to take it with you to the supermarket. So far, I've bought three, so there can be one in each car plus a spare. I just know that next time I go shopping, all three will be in the house.

10 comments:

Emma said...

My mum has huge trolley bags from Lakeland plastics, all the weekly shopping fits in both of them and they last forever(ish)... They live in the boot and return to the boot. You need to be disciplined and move them back to the boot after unpacking the shopping! Can you manage it?!

Mike Peatman said...

Theoretically, yes, but I usually can't find my glasses ot mobile phone. How can I hope to remember carrier bags?

St said...

I have a using re-usable bags problem too. Should we form a support group?

Mike Peatman said...

Yes. Pity Baggies has already been bagged as a name.

Martin said...

hmmmmmmmmm...

never really sure that these bags for life actually help. Surely they just lead to you buying bin liners instead, thus meaning the same amount of plastic is thrown away at the end of the day.

Mike Peatman said...

You could buy recycled plastic bin-liners on the basis that there will always be enough plastic chucked away to make them.

Decided that bags for life have to be in the car - they are useless stored in the house.

Bytronic said...
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Martin said...

Or supermarkets could maybe make recycled biodegradable plastic carrier bags.

ie. bottle -> carrier bag -> bin liner -> nothing

This would avoid the extra obvious cost of bin-liners, but then again, I suppose it could just make the shopping more expensive to pay for them.

Emma said...

I had some things in my bedroom stored in a biodegradable carrier bag that I got from chaplaincy a while back. When my dad decorated my room recently everything moved from out of my room... the carrier bag in question fell to pieces and made quite a lot of mess... Note to self, biodegradable carrier bags are good for throwing things away in but not good for storing things in...

Mike Peatman said...

Had the same problem with Traidcraft carriers that had been around for a while. Yellow plastic crumbs everywhere.