What is wrong with supermarkets being difficult about handing out plastic bags? Well I have covered the arguments many times, but here is another one.
We purchased a joint of meat the other day and it came in a plastic box with a film lid. In case were were unsure what it would look like when cooked and sliced (and covered in gravy), the supermarket printed a colour photo on the front.
My point is that the material and cost in these outers is considerably more than a plastic bag, which is after all made from waste gas. Sainsburys (I am pleased to say) is not the villain of this piece - they happily provide plastic bags free of charge to those who want them.
The worst offender in the UK seems to be M&S, which has the most packaging of any surpermarket on the planet, and yet charges 5p for a plastic bag. Shame.
From my little surveys, most M&S staff seem to agree that it is 'silly'. I would call it a stunt, and I certainly hope that M&S shareholders are paying for this silly stunt in lose sales.
Plastic bags do not harm the environment, they are hugely convenient, and those who seek to restrict their use are just trying to make our lives more difficult.