Pushing the supermarket trolleys home? the alternative methods of using plastic bags

Due to the fact that the plastic bag pollution is getting worse, and they are not only damaging on our environment but also affecting on our health, many countries and regions have banned the single-use bags or disposable plastic bags. Under the plastic bag ban, the retailers can no longer give their customers free plastic bags. Although the acts didn’t force consumers to not to use any plastic bags, it has been working in term of increasing public awareness of plastic waste.

However, often it’s not the problem that we don’t want to help the environment, it just hard to carry a reusable bag when the plastic bags are so cheap and convenient. What should we do to change this habit? Let’s have a look what other people are doing to avoid using plastic bags.

The Daily Mail (uk) revealed yesterday that “shoppers are beating the 5p plastic bag charge by pushing their goods home in supermarket trolleys.” Do customers willing to become thieves rather than bring their own bag or pay for one? In Sydney, especially in the suburbs, many people do push the trolleys home, is this a good alternative method?

pushing a trolley home
pushing a trolley home

Aden Djvibe, a 26-year-old DJ from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, uploaded an image on Facebook of a Tesco trolley in his kitchen with the words: ‘5p for a bag, get f***ed – I got a £1 trolley’

Are we just too lazy to bring a bag? Check this out!

Trolley bags
Trolley bags

This is a Trolley Bags, from a British company packingsorted. It is a system of four reusable shopping bags that are used to pack your shopping at the supermarket checkout. In one simple action the system spreads out and rests on any supermarket trolley giving you a series of open and upright bags into which you can pack and sort your shopping with both hands. Isn’t it clever?

the tote bag
the tote bag

This is a Canvas Tote Bag, selling at Etsy.com. The tote bags are generally simple but stylish. In fact, carrying a tote bag is a very smart method to avoid the use of plastic bag. The tote bags are large, light, easy to carry and most importantly, it can hold everything! Use the tote bag as your daily bag so you will not forget to bring a reusable bag for shopping. The tote bags are not just for girls anymore, it’s convenient, simple and fashionable, and good for everyone!

the high-five tote bag
the high-five tote bag

There are many alternative methods of using plastic bags:

  • Keep the goods in the trunk of your car
  • Get a trolley/ shopping cart
  • Use smart assistive tools. For example, the Trolley Bags.
  • Carry a tote bag/backpack
  • Bring your reusable bag
  • Use you hands


What other methods that you can think of? Please leave a comment below and share with the rest of us!


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