Buy and charge, it’s not about you

It is no surprise to anyone on social media that a 5p charge on plastic bags was implemented this week in the UK. (Mind you it has been in Scotland for over a year and Wales since 2011)
The uproar, although pathetic and ignorant, has been entertaining if anything. If you are in Australia, 5p would be equivalent to 10.6 cents. Racking my brain, I literally cannot think of a single item that is cheaper. All retail stores must now charge the 5p per plastic carrier bag. This is now a law –  implemented by the government – to help our planet. Retailers have no choice, so no, they are not doing it to make money, but to enforce awareness of the shopper’s choice. Your choice.

It is a choice to use plastic bags. I’ve seen people bringing their own bags to supermarekts for years. We all own bags. Bags of all varieties. And with the extreme packaging our groceries now come in, it would be very rare for your groceries to leak or damage your bag on your trip home. Each item seems to be in its own plastic packaging anyway. The stores are asking you to make a choice. To help preserve the environment that we live in.

Many large grocery stores like Tesco are donating all money to environmental charities – just to put an extra cherry on top of you doing this drastically minuscule, selfless act. But shoppers are still protesting. Stores like Morrisons and Ocado are offering the 5p back to all shoppers that return their bags. But shoppers are still protesting.

It’s really not that hard. The aggression toward this movement shows just how careless, ignorant and self-centred our lives have become. The entitlement we feel, the mistreatment, the sheer hide of the government for subjecting its citizens to such an inhumane sentence.

Because what is important is our given right to a plastic bag when we shop. Yes, that is what is important. Sure, this plastic bag may take the life of another living thing, but we need it.

By and large, It’s not about you.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?


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