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    • m_i
    • By m_i 17th Aug 19, 9:16 PM
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    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags
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    • 17th Aug 19, 9:16 PM
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags 17th Aug 19 at 9:16 PM
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags depending on the size that they are?

    Why do companies think that they can charge you so much like TK Maxx and Boots?

    I think we need a clearer picture of where the money is going - I have emailed TK Maxx to find out.

    A plastic bag is it cost to the business and we shouldnít be paying extra just because itís bigger.

    What are your views?
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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 17th Aug 19, 9:37 PM
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    • #2
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:37 PM
    • #2
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:37 PM
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags depending on the size that they are?

    Why do companies think that they can charge you so much like TK Maxx and Boots?

    I think we need a clearer picture of where the money is going - I have emailed TK Maxx to find out.

    A plastic bag is it cost to the business and we shouldn’t be paying extra just because it’s bigger.

    What are your views?
    Originally posted by m_i
    Google is your friend.
    Clue- The Woodland Trust
    Take your own bag..
    Last edited by hollydays; 17-08-2019 at 9:50 PM.
    • oldernonethewiser
    • By oldernonethewiser 17th Aug 19, 9:40 PM
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    • #3
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:40 PM
    • #3
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:40 PM
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags depending on the size that they are?

    Why do companies think that they can charge you so much like TK Maxx and Boots?

    I think we need a clearer picture of where the money is going - I have emailed TK Maxx to find out.

    A plastic bag is it cost to the business and we shouldnít be paying extra just because itís bigger.

    What are your views?
    Originally posted by m_i

    Are "we" really?
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 17th Aug 19, 9:57 PM
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    • #4
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:57 PM
    • #4
    • 17th Aug 19, 9:57 PM
    Are "we" really?
    Originally posted by oldernonethewiser
    Certainly I'm not included in that 'we'.

    I can't remember the last time I paid for a plastic bag - of any size.
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 17th Aug 19, 10:02 PM
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    • #5
    • 17th Aug 19, 10:02 PM
    • #5
    • 17th Aug 19, 10:02 PM
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags depending on the size that they are?

    Why do companies think that they can charge you so much like TK Maxx and Boots?

    I think we need a clearer picture of where the money is going - I have emailed TK Maxx to find out.

    A plastic bag is it cost to the business and we shouldnít be paying extra just because itís bigger.

    What are your views?
    Originally posted by m_i

    I do not think you are paying enough.

    The higher price the better IMO.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 17th Aug 19, 11:55 PM
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    • #6
    • 17th Aug 19, 11:55 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 11:55 PM
    Here you go a simple explanation https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/single-use-plastic-carrier-bags-why-were-introducing-the-charge/carrier-bags-why-theres-a-5p-charge
    This space for hire.
    • paddedjohn
    • By paddedjohn 18th Aug 19, 5:36 AM
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    • #7
    • 18th Aug 19, 5:36 AM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 5:36 AM
    They don't want you to buy them so they raised the price.
    Be Alert..........Britain needs lerts.
    • ThumbRemote
    • By ThumbRemote 18th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
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    • #8
    • 18th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
    • #8
    • 18th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
    You're paying so much because you have gone into a shop unprepared and without your own bag.
    • fewgroats
    • By fewgroats 18th Aug 19, 7:40 PM
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    • #9
    • 18th Aug 19, 7:40 PM
    • #9
    • 18th Aug 19, 7:40 PM
    You're paying so much because you have gone into a shop unprepared and without your own bag.
    Originally posted by ThumbRemote
    Or box. Or just stick items in your boot randomly from your trolley.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 18th Aug 19, 7:47 PM
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    Dont see it as an issue, if I end up not having a bag or 2 on me then I take the hit and buy how many I need, I just make it more important to take some next time.
    • mattyprice4004
    • By mattyprice4004 18th Aug 19, 9:15 PM
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    Its not a cost of business, it’s a cost of being unprepared.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 18th Aug 19, 9:42 PM
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    I am not a member of the "we" so please own it for yourself

    You have the choice of paying for a plastic bag, or take your own reusable bag

    My view is, they just should not be offered, no matter how expensive, full stop
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • JReacher1
    • By JReacher1 18th Aug 19, 9:44 PM
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    The most I’ve paid for a bag is 10p. How much are you paying?

    I realise it’s bad for the environment but I don’t like carrying plastic bags around with me so end up paying for a few bags when I do my shop. At the most it adds 50p to a shop so don’t really notice it
    • SnowTiger
    • By SnowTiger 19th Aug 19, 12:42 AM
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    SnowTiger
    Why are we paying so much for plastic bags depending on the size that they are?

    Why do companies think that they can charge you so much like TK Maxx and Boots?

    I think we need a clearer picture of where the money is going - I have emailed TK Maxx to find out.

    A plastic bag is it cost to the business and we shouldnít be paying extra just because itís bigger.

    What are your views?
    Originally posted by m_i
    I'm far from being an environmentalist lovey, but I believe waste plastic is particularly horrible: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/17/thailands-sweetheart-dugong-dies-with-plastic-in-stomach.

    From TXMaxx's website, https://www.tkmaxx.com/uk/en/about-tkmaxx/corporate-responsibility/environment:

    Our approach to single use plastic

    We identified a list of the biggest contributors to ocean waste plastic and removed them from all of our stores and offices, including plastic drink bottles, single use carrier bags, straws, plastic cups and non-biodegradable wipes.

    To help our customers reduce their carrier bag usage, we offer a variety of bags for life. The price of these includes a donation to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.

    Since the single use carrier bag charge came into effect in England, Scotland and Wales, we've donated all proceeds to good causes.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 19th Aug 19, 6:50 AM
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    As we don't sell food or the like we, only use recycled carrier bags if customers don't bring their own. Regarding costs in the OP, if the customer wants a very big bag then I don't see any reason why the cost should not be more than an envelope sized one.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 19th Aug 19, 8:14 AM
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    I carry 2 or 3 fold-up fabric bags in my handbag and a large bag for life (about 5 years old) in the boot of my car for big shops. I can't remember the last time I bought or even accepted a plastic bag for shopping. There is simply no need for them.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Aug 19, 8:17 AM
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    PasturesNew
    It's the Gorm Tax. Those with less pay more.

    Take your own bag. Pay nothing.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 19th Aug 19, 8:11 PM
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    hollydays
    I carry 2 or 3 fold-up fabric bags in my handbag and a large bag for life (about 5 years old) in the boot of my car for big shops. I can't remember the last time I bought or even accepted a plastic bag for shopping. There is simply no need for them.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    Yep, is this a man thing,thatís m‚les dont like to do this with carrier bags ?
    • pulliptears
    • By pulliptears 20th Aug 19, 8:55 AM
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    pulliptears
    I bought one of these a few years ago from Aldi for about a fiver:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/KINGSO-Insulated-Protoble-Folding-Collapsible/dp/B073D1FXVT

    It's brilliant actually. Carry it around the shop, empty it on the checkout, refill it and go. Obviously no use for a full weekly shop but for everyday items it's great. Collapsible as well so takes up no space in my ridiculously tiny car boot.
    "Gggggrrrrrr Rrrraaaahhh Rrrrrrggghhhhnn" - Chewbacca (The Empire Strikes Back)

    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 20th Aug 19, 7:08 PM
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    Hermia
    Certainly I'm not included in that 'we'.

    I can't remember the last time I paid for a plastic bag - of any size.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Me neither. When they bought the charge in I bought a few of the bigger M&S bags and they swap them for a new one free of charge when they get worn out.
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