Issue 195: 2019 03 28: Letter to the Editors

28 March 2019

Letter to the Editors

Bags for life.

From Anne K Sutherland

Dear Sirs,

I read with interest the article in the Shaw Sheet on 21st March by Frank O’Nomics.  The points he made reflect my own experience.  My husband has a large number of ‘bags for life’ in his car.  Unfortunately, almost every time he does the shopping he forgets to take these into the supermarket, so ends up buying more bags.  These large bags are not useful for anything else (being far too large for example to pick up dog poo in) and after littering up the kitchen or the back of his car for several months then get chucked out (or occasionally recycled at the supermarket).

My own solution is to use old-fashioned shopping baskets.  These have either been purchased on foreign holidays, in countries usually reached by plane, or else purchased in this country but presumably flown here by the importers (most seem to be made in Africa or Asia).  Is this really more environmentally friendly?  Perhaps we need to revive basket-making as a post Brexit industry.


Anne K Sutherland

P.S. The Guardian is not alone.  The National Trust started wrapping their members’ magazine in fully biodegradable potato starch in the summer of 2018.



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