Plastic bags are great right? I think that's something we can all pretty much agree on. They're just so handy for carrying stuff about in. And when you finished carrying stuff about you can just use it to suffocate a baby dolphin or something. The Government, however, have come along to rain all over our dolphin killing parade and insist we pay for plastic bags. It pains me to say this, but I'm with them on this one. Here at Stones we were way ahead of the curve and have been primarily been using paper carriers since we started out, but we do still offer plastic bags for customers who are buying heavy bags of flour/walking around in the rain/particularly intent on killing dolphins. The bags are biodegradable and as we have considerably less than the cut off point of 250 employees we don't legally have to charge for plastic bags but we have decided that we will. Firstly the biodegradable thing; basically nothing biodegrades in landfill. Food remains more or less intact, newspapers are still readable after 40 years. Just because something can technically break down doesn't mean it will. The conditions in modern landfill sites are not conducive to the contents of your bin bag biodegrading, they are conducive to preserving things. Preserving things like a museum. A museum of crap. We decided that we will charge 5p for plastic bags and donate the money to charity, as the supermarkets are doing, until our current stock of bags runs out. Hopefully the practice of charging for bags in many shops will mean that using reusable carriers will be the norm for most people. We have 500 or so plastic bags left; after that customers buying heavy bags of flour will need to remember their cloth bags. And dolphins everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief.