England's shoppers have so far defied the media’s predictions of chaos to actually take the new plastic bag charge in their stride - with many even praising the new levy.
There is, of course, a good reason to bring reusable bags to the shops. But many charities could benefit from the charge, as money collected from it has been earmarked for good causes.
While there is actually no clause in recent legislation to specify that money raised must be given to charity in the recent legislation, the UK’s biggest supermarkets are all planning to donate funds to good causes…
The new 5p charge for plastic bags came into force on Monday.
While some media outlets predicted "chaos", most people on social media welcomed the move...
The new #plasticbags rule implemented in England is actually a great idea.. I don't see why everyone's treating it like a plague— Dianne Laplana (@Ethereal_Potato) October 5, 2015
Fantastic that England now has a plastic bag charge. It really should not have taken so long. #plasticbags— Tim Rotheray (@trotheray) October 5, 2015
Fantastic! So pleased that plastic bags cost money now. Far better reflects the hidden environmental costs. #PlasticBagCharge— Richard Sharp (@RichJSharp) October 5, 2015