In the UK, from October, if a retailer has approx. 250 employees, there will be a charge for plastic bags.
Will this phase out the plastic bag?
I seem to remember that some stores already charge for the ‘thicker’ plastic bag and the waste of time ‘see-through’ bag remains free.
Anyway, never been a fan of the plastic bag. Would the US brown paper bag work in the UK? Maybe there is a need to have handles put on some of the designs but are these bags a good alternative. Are customers in the US happy with their brown bags? Did they ever have plastic bags? Please let me know.
I did come across this bag which a storekeeper uses for his customers:
If the UK really is to say ‘goodbye’ to their beloved plastic bag icon. I feel it’s only fitting to say that the bag should bow out gracefully and leave us alone.
THE PLASTIC BAG
I’ve been a part of your lives for so many years.
I held everything you needed from head to toe, face to ears.
Whether it was new I was there for you.
If it was old I was there too.
I didn’t complain unless overburdened.
My handles tried not to snap, they were determined.
Yes, I did have my weak spots and was flimsy at times.
But I did try to tell you “Too much!” and other signs.
You insisted on packing me full to the brim.
Whatever you could find you put it in.
I catered to your every need for each of the family.
From the older generation to the newborn baby.
I know I have my enemies who can’t wait to see me go.
I only meant the best, I hope this you do know.
Environmentally, I appreciate I’m not doing very well at all.
Just remember I’m manmade, last forever and will be around forever more.
So whatever my fate, I take with dignity.
There will always be someone who secretly needs me.
So I may not be disintegrating any time soon.
There will be people who will reuse and give me a boom.
I’m happy that a woman is making cushions out of me.
New craftwork could be next, making mats and cushions – a new trend whoopee!
I know you will miss how I packed stuff away.
And keep things going for another day.
Thank you for listening to my possible final speech.
I hope to a large audience I did reach.
I can see people who hate plastic are on the attack.
Just remember my last words …….
I’ll be back!
Have a good day now! 🙂