Friday, 18 December 2015
In grateful memory of...
...the supermarket plastic bag.
Tough, long lasting - indeed, almost indestructible! - cheap and capable of multitasking. What a boon you were to every household. As ever, we didn't know how much we would miss you until you were no longer with us.
Back in the day, when my mother went shopping she took her shopping bag with her. At the greengrocer's she held the bag open as the greengrocer tipped potatoes and carrots into it. I expect she had a different bag for use at the butcher's (I certainly hope so!) and maybe another for use at the baker's, that one probably being used at the grocer's as well. Or maybe the butcher's bag was used there.
Then came the supermarkets which saw the benefits of cheap advertising by giving away plastic bags. Plastic bags that would blow into trees in the autumn and only just about disintegrate by the time the daffodils were in bloom.
But - and here's the rub - plastic bags that could be used for a limitless list of other things: holders of rubbish (even dog mess) which could be tied close and put into rubbish bins; containers for those bottles taken to a friend's house and just passed over; a handy way of carrying almost anything to be handed to someone else. Nowadays I have to scratch my head and puzzle out what to use to take Message in a Bottle bottles to a retirement home or 20 bags of £1 coins to the organiser of the bingo for the elderly. Those supermarket bags were just right!
Maybe I should just buy me a hundred or so.