A student has come up with a pretty nifty idea of how to save pennies - and the environment - by taking his suitcase on his supermarket shop, instead of forking out 5p for plastic bags.
Sam Berner, a student at the University of East Anglia, first took a full-size suitcase to the shops as a joke, but soon realised it was actually quite a good idea.
Berner even managed to get his girlfriend on board, who then wrote about her boyfriend's shopping escapades on student site The Tab.
"At first it was just a joke. I didn’t think I’d really go through with it, but everyone was saying how good of an idea it was and sent me packing," the first year economics and accounting student said.
"I can fit about £80 worth of food in my suitcase but it depends if you go for the upmarket noodles or the Tesco Value cardboard.
"I think the staff think I’ve just got back from holiday, it’s not until I get to the cash register and open an empty suitcase that I get shocked stares."
The plastic bag charges were introduced last month, and apply to shops or chains with 250 or more full-time employees. Since the charge, pictures have emerged of shoppers stealing trolleys in protest, with one man even getting a "5p bags! F**k that £1 trolley" tattoo.
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