Carrier Bag Charge Increasing From April

Get prepared with a reusable shopping bag system. From April 2021, the plastic bag tax will be increasing, meaning shops with over 250 employees will have to charge a minimum of 10p per bag. It’s been over 5 years since the plastic bag tax was originally introduced, where large retailers in England were required to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags. It came as a surprise then and with everything going on in the world now, this second increase will be the last thing on our minds right now and will shock shoppers once again without a reminder.

In 2018 – 2019, it was reported that 1.11 billion plastic bags were sold by 221 retailers!

With 0.55 billion being reported by seven main retailers: Asda, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative Group, Waitrose and Morrisons. This group of retailers account for nearly half the sales of plastic bags in 2018-2019, yet make-up only 3.17% of the retailers. With facts like that, it’s hard to ignore that we need to change the way we’re food shopping!

That’s where Trolley Bags come in. Since 2010, the reusable shopping bag system has already helped prevent millions of plastic bags go to landfill and just one bag can replace 1000 single-use carrier bags in its lifetime! Not to mention the speed and efficiency process for users saves up to 40% of the time spent packing at the checkout.

The full Trolley Bags range including reusable shopping bag systems, cool bags and collapsible box bags are available online from