A couple of weeks ago someone claimed that the downturn in the national economy and the slowdown in retail sector sales had little to do with people having less to spend but more to do with the ban on plastic shopping bags!
This was supposedly a serious comment!
They said that, since the ban on plastic bags came into being, especially in supermarkets, shoppers could only buy as much as they could carry in their hands and therefore could not spend as much money as previously.
I don’t think I’m the only one to think that such a statement is ridiculous.
And, if it were true, then what a pack of idiots ordinary shoppers must be!
There has been a definite slowdown in spending due to a lack of disposable income in many areas of our society. So, perhaps we should look towards the Government and its actions or inactions and not blame it on the excellent and sensible idea of banning the cursed plastic bags.
I have included pictures of the fabric bags that reside in the bottom of my handbag when I set off to the shops. It’s not hard to carry a few lightweight bags such as these.
In the boot of my car are some larger and stronger bags if I plan a bigger shopping expedition.
I have been doing this for several years and it has not killed me.
Get with it everyone.
And, while you’re at it, please try to follow this good advice I read as a comment in The Guardian (30.6.19) by someone calling themselves ‘Petriix’:
“Buy less stuff! Reuse, buy second hand, repair, make do with what you have. Buy ethical, local, sustainable etc.
Turn stuff off when not needed. Turn the heating down and wear more layers.
Drive less, walk and cycle more. Take local holidays…”
Come on, people. Stop whingeing and making excuses.
Contribute your little bit to help save our poor planet.
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