For some time certain shops in the UK have been charging 2p for a carrier bag for your shopping, whereas at the moment the larger supermarkets are providing the plastic ones for free.
In Wales, if you want a bag, they will sting you 5p. That charge is due to be applied to the remainder of the UK next year. You can of course buy a ‘bag for life’ for between 10p and 25p depending on pattern, and if it fails, you take it back to the shop concerned for free replacement.
We are ones for recycling useful items, which includes plastic carrier bags as bin liners. They were a tidy fit, strong enough to cope with kitchen waste items, and waterproof for anything soggy like tea bags or wet tissues.
In order to save manufacturing costs (imo) and to boost potential sales of official bin liners (and thus feel entitled to put the price up), the size of the bag has shrunk!
I admit there are a variety of sizes anyway, but the standard size always fitted my little bathroom bin (we now have the equivalent in our ‘kitchen’) and the one I used this morning was simply not big enough as I had to tease it over the edges.
I am not impressed.
When the time comes, I will not be asking for bags, and if at all possible if I have a lot of shopping, I will be looking for a box off the shelf to put it in. Failing that, I will be wheeling my trolley out to the carpark to offload my purchases into the boot.
We already carry a multitude of plastic bags in the car (but nearly always tend to forget to take a handful in when we use these particular 2p charging outlets).
In modern society, I am finding more and more that prices are increasing, but you are literally getting less for your money.