The weekend we moved to Wales, almost five years ago, was the weekend the carrier bag charge was introduced. And to be honest, we’re still a bit hit and miss as to whether or not we’ve remembered to keep the boot stocked… and taken the bags out of the boot!
I’m more organised when we’re going into a shopping centre, there’s a mission involved. And I’m pretty good if I’ve got a big shop in mind. But it’s the general shopping when we tend to get caught out.
So, the opportunity to review Trolley Bags was one I couldn’t pass up. Because, unlike all our other bags, there’s no temptation to use them for any other purpose.Trolley Bags come in Original (full size trolley) and Express (half-size trolley) and in pastel and bright colours). Designed as four different sized bags, they all connect with Velcro.The design means they hang on your trolley as you fill your trolley, and once everything is on the conveyor belt the integrated rails can be placed open in the shopping trolley, making it really easy to pack your purchases.It makes it so easy to categorise your shopping rather than panicking as you fill up your shopping bags and try to load your trolley in a desperate plight not to lose pace with the rate of everything being scanned. For this shop, I was topping up on school uniform purchases to they went into the smallest trolley. We were getting treat things for movie night so all cupboard food went into the large bags, fridge things into one and freezer into the other. Which makes it much easier when you get home and bags can go nearest where the purchases need to end up.
And, because there’s no chance of using the bags for anything other than their purpose, it becomes second nature to put them back in the boot of the car when you’ve stocked the kitchen. My one criticism of the bags is they don’t work so well when you’re on a self-service aisle. Trying to put all the bags back into the trolley once they are full is a bit of a bind.
Conversely, they work perfectly with ‘Scan as you Shop’, as you can basically categorise as you go round the supermarket and you get all the convenience of the bags, and a step in the process is still removed.
At £19.99 the bags are an investment, lots of 5ps to save up. But, given how much we’ve spent on carrier bags over the past 5 years, I’m certain we’ll make the money back quickly. The added convenience definitely reduces stress from the shop and makes things far easier from shop to home.
Trolley Bags are available at £19.99.
Disclosure: We received Trolley Bags for the purpose of this review. All opinions and views contained are our own.