I read in Tasa’s that Whole Food Market encourages its customers to bring their own bags by taking 5 cents to 10 cents off the bill for each.The same policy will be applied to Marks & Spencer’s customers soon.
As much as I support the being green spirit, I don’t think that these supermarkets are playing fair. If 13 billions shopping bags are made for M&S each year, and now they stop producing them, imagine how much money the company saves?
Let’s say the cost per bag is 5 pence (or 5 cents), so stopping the shopping bag production means the company saves 650 millions. Let’s say they still have to produce one third of their existing quantity, and less quantity brings the cost of production to be slightly more expensive. Even when the cost of each bag rises to be 10 pence, the company still saves over 200 millions. And don’t forget every time the customers choose to use the supermarket’s bags, they charge them back to the customers!
Shouldn’t the customer get 5 pence discount whenever they use their own bag? Or better, have the company donated the total shopping bag production cost to charity or organization that campaign the whole eco-friendly thingy. That’s what I call fair…