Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware that the law now requires large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags. I think it’s a brilliant, long overdue move to decrease the amount of plastic bags in circulation and hopefully will, in time, significantly benefit the environment.
As a shopper, paying 5p for a bag might not sound a lot, but it’s certainly going to add up if you shop often. That’s where the brilliant Trolley Bags come in handy. Trolley Bags are a set of four cleverly designed reusable bags that are revolutionising supermarket shopping.
So how do they work?
Designed to fit any sized supermarket trolley, Trolley Bags are four different sized bags that are cleverly connected together to allow a quick and efficient packing experience at the checkout. Before use, they roll up neatly into themselves and can be hung on the trolley hook whilst shopping (or placed inside the trolley if you have a little one sat in the child seat).
Once at the checkout, pop all your lovely goods on the conveyor belt, and with an empty trolley you are now ready to use the Trolley Bags. In one swift action, the system spreads out across the trolley giving you a series of open and upright bags for you to fill. As the bags stay open on their own, you’ll have two hands at your disposal making packing super simple; gone are the days when you had to use one hand to hold the bag open and one to stuff!
If you are a ‘scan and shop’ shopper, the bags can be racked open onto the trolley when you enter the store, allowing you to pack your shopping exactly how you like it as your make your way around the aisles.
When you come to packing up the car, you simply pull the velcro that is holding the bags together and lift each separate bag into the car by both handles to spread the weight.
Not only are the bags lightweight, environmentally friendly and super simple to use, they are also really sizeable and strong with each durable bag designed to hold up to 15kg. The colour-coded bags vary in size and it’s recommended to keep the bulky, lighter items for the larger bags (Numbers 3 and 4) and heavier items for the smaller bags (Numbers 1 and 2).
Once you’ve unpacked your shopping, you simply attach the bags in numerical order with the velcro and roll them back up, ready to pop back in your car so you don’t forget them next time you visit the supermarket.
Overall, I’ve been really impressed with the Trolley Bags. They are straightforward, convenient, environmentally friendly and make packing my shopping a breeze, especially when I have the little ones with me. Priced at £17.99, they aren’t cheap, but I’m a big believer in ‘getting what you pay for’ and these durable bags will be accompanying me on many a shopping trip in future, benefiting both the environment and my back pocket (think of all those 5p’s saved!).
I reviewed the Trolley Bags Orginal in Pastel, but the bags are also available in a more vibrant colourway if you like bolder colours. You can also purchase Trolley Bags Express that are designed for shallow supermarket trolleys so do check out the different options on the Trolley Bags website. To keep up to date with all things Trolley Bags, you’ll find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Ps: If you would like to win a set of Trolley Bags, a few of my fellow bloggers are currently running giveaways including Attachment Mummy (giveaway ends at midnight on 1st November), Mummys Little Stars (giveaway ends in 38 hours!) and A Strong Coffee (giveaway ends in 12 days).
*Disclosure: We received the Trolley Bags free of charge but all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.