Bags For Life: 5 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Buy One Today!

Bags For Life: 5 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Buy One Today!

“Would you like a bag for life?”

Bags For Life. We see them in almost every shop, in every size and every colour imaginable. But are they worth it? Are these bags really any better than their 5p counterparts? It’s time to find out.

Today, we're going to show you why a Bag For Life is the best thing you can invest in.

1. They’re an investment

bags for life
They'll save you money in the long run.

Buying a Bag For Life is like investing in a good, quality Winter coat - it will serve you much better than a cheap one. Unlike plastic bags, which strain under a carton of orange juice, a Bag For Life will be able to carry all the bottles for your biggest party of the year without any problem.

Not only will this save you the embarrassment of dropping your wares in the street, but also reduce the need to buy a replacement and subsequently have less impact on the environment.

2. Bags For Life save on plastic

We all know plastic bags aren’t good for the environment, but do we realise to what extent? Although picking up a plastic bag at the checkout is a flippant decision, their consequences last (more) than a lifetime - a plastic bag requires 400 to 1,000 years to completely break down in the environment.

During this time, they photodegrade, becoming smaller but no less toxic over time. These smaller particles often lead to soil and waterway contamination and are easily mistaken for food by animals. Plastic bags alone are responsible for over 100,000 sea turtle deaths a year.

Buying a Bag For Life removes the need for temporary plastic bags, and reduces the devastating impact on the environment – every time you use one you could be saving a sea turtle - imagine that!

3. You never know when you might need one

aldi lemon bag for life
They're always handy to have!

Until the 5p levy was introduced, it was easy to be unaware of how many plastic bags we used. Whether it's a jumper you can’t resist, or remembering you need to pick some groceries up on the way home, it’s surprising how many times a week we need bags.

Finding yourself without one can be frustrating, especially when you know there’s a surplus of them lying around at home.

The answer? A Bag For Life. Fold one up in your main bag, and you’ll always be prepared, no matter what shops you happens to unintentionally find yourself in.

4. Bage For Life reduce litter

57% of Britains think litter is a problem in their area, and the UK’s litter problem costs taxpayers an astonishing £1 billion each year.

Plastic bags contribute heavily to the litter problem, evidence of which can be seen on the UK’s coastlines. Over 50% of litter found on UK beaches in 2008 was plastic litter, an increase of more than 120% since 1994.

Since the 5p charge for bags was introduced in October 2015, plastic bag usage has seen an 85% decrease, whilst the purchasing of Bags For Life has increased dramatically – more than 9 in 10 people now take their own bag when shopping.

5. They look nice!

shopping with bag for life
So cute!

Bags For Life are no longer just a functional item, they’re a fashionable one too. There are loads of gorgeous Bags For Life on the market to choose from, in all different colours, patterns and styles.

There are big Bags For Life, small Bags For Life, bags For Life that have handbag hooks, collapsible Bags For Life - there is a Bag For Life for everyone, so there really is no excuse not to have one.

 Start making a Bag For Life an integral part of your outfits today and you’ll not only get a cool new accessory but be doing the environment a whole lot of good too.

What's your favourite thing about Bags For Life? Let us know in the comments below!


Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

Follow me on twitter
  1. Author morgan scully on June 13, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I've given up on recycling plastic I sent emails to English and welsh governments, they could not give a monkeys I have ideas that would reduce waste by 90% they never asked what ideas . Bags for life are worse the biggest producers' supermarkets sell a bag that has 3 - 4 ordinary bags by weight which I use as a bin liner. I used to run a factory churning out 20,000 tons a year, bag for life usage has gone up yes there is no small bag choice if you only sell pink cars eventually pink car figures show an increase. I started plastic recycling in 1984 I can tell the difference between many types even the ones we bin that can be reused . I started this journey tackling our government months ago when I refused a cotton bag . If I remember right 60 million to clean up the seas 7 billion research a bit industry bias that would be 100 million per person . If you want to know how to reduce usage ASK I will tell you its free .

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      We'd love to hear your ideas on reducing plastic usage, Morgan!

  2. Author Lucy on July 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    What they revealed in the BBC 3-part Documentary: The War on Plastic was shocking! I recycle as much as possible and reuse bags for life until they're worn out. I never thought about all the plastic we used that ends up in landfill, I used to love Kinder Egg toys but now I wouldn't support them!

    1. Author Joanne A on July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      It's scary to think of how much of a crisis our planet is in! It's good to hear that people like yourself are taking the small steps needed to make a change.

  3. Author Marie Darlow on June 11, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I use cloth, hessian or wicker baskets when shopping. I always have one or two in my shoulder bag (which is knitted). I have to buy meat etc. from shops in whatever they are sold in as butchers (when you can find one) are more expensive. Even by using natural bags, there is so much plastic out there. We need to stop producing it in order to stop using it.

    1. Author Joanne A on June 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      So true!


Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *