One thing that is starting to annoy me recently is the new policy that some UK retailers are adopted whereby they charge for plastic bags. It’s not that I have a problem paying for the minimal charge for the plastic bag, but the fact that they are using an environmental concern to boost their profits.
The money they charge for the bags might really go towards an environmental cause; but the reality is that they’re passing on one of their costs to the customer. This reduces their cost of servicing a client, and those savings should be passed on to a customer, not retained by the company. If I spend a nice wad of cash buying myself a Patek watch; the last thing I expect is to help the retailer cover their cost by paying for my plastic bag.
And where’s the option for paper bags? Wouldn’t that be more environmentally friendly?