Unsurprisingly, I’ve been refusing plastic bags for some time now. It’s one of those things that the more you do it, the more you do it until it becomes an obsession that bores other folks.
I had an argument with a sales clerk in a store last week. I bought some cleaning items and some plastic (can’t yet live without it?) boxes. I turned away to get something else and when turned back to the desk, she had put the items in the boxes, then placed the boxes in a bag. Those cheap, white useless plastic bags. I asked her to remove them and she said she wouldn’t – it was store policy!! The queue behind me grew longer, I told her to get the manager and I’d explain to him what an unhelpful, unenvironmentally-friendly, behind-the-times, policy it was – and where was the “customer is always right” attitude anyway? She took the items out the bag and I tossed my hair and strode out without insisting I speak to the manager. The store was “InStore” – a cheapie shop, where you can buy anything from underpants to bathroom mirrors, to bird feeders – all for about £2-£5.
My recent non-plastic bag purchases have included the Holland & Barrett jute bag, certified climate neutral by climatecare.org – which is roomy and fits over my shoulders. Practical, is the best description I can give. I did succumb to the much more stylish Anya Hindmarch “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” bag from wewarewhatwedo.org. It created quite a bit of fuss first time around. I have to say, I’m loving it. Not that I’ve used it for any more than some groceries from my local corner shop yet. You know the kind of groceries I mean? Stale white plastic bread. A magazine. A tin of soup because sometimes you’re just too lazy to mash up some ingredients in a pot….
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