#CarrierBagGate - House of Fraser and Debenhams ethically charging for paper bags
Another story on carrier bag charges and if you plan to read on, prepare to be OUTRAGED.
When the 5p charge was introduced in October it was supposedly to encourage people to re-use their own bags instead of grabbing more plastic non-compostable bags.
So considering paper bags are recyclable (and Tesco was recently giving these away without charge) there should not be any cost associated with these.
Well, House of Fraser and Debenhams don't agree.
Shoppers in House of Fraser and Debenhams have recently been charged up to 10p per bag when shopping at their stores and so far the response from House of Fraser is that all proceeds will go to charity:
If a shop isn't legally obliged to charge you 5p for a carrier bag, shouldn't the choice to donate to an unnamed charity be your own?