From Monday there will be a charge of at least 5p for each “single-use” bag shoppers use to carry their packaged food. Why are they called “single-use”? I use them to line my bin, carry my shoes, etc. And the category “single use” should technically also include the thin clear bags we use to put our groceries in, even though the regulations specify that these clear bags should be exempt. Surely the name “single-use” encourages shoppers to think that their basic shopping bags are not able to be reused, and therefore throw them away though they are perfectly reusable if there are no spillages inside or holes in the material. Why not use the term “branded bags”, a name that will not foster such an unethical habit?


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