Angry Tesco shoppers threaten boycott as plastic bag price hiked to 20p

Tesco has increased the cost of its plastic bags – but environmental groups want the price to be hiked further.

The supermarket used to sell the bags for 10p but have now followed the lead of Asda and Sainsbury’s by doubling the cost to 20p.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We want to encourage customers to reuse their bags and cut down on unnecessary plastic.”

According to The Sun, eco groups have backed Tesco’s price hike.

Christina Dixon, of the Environmental Investigation Agency, hopes it will lead to the cost increasing even further in the future.

She said: “Our recommendation is selling bags for at least 70p to truly drive the change we need to protect our environment.”

Some customers are less enthusiastic about the plastic bag price increase.

A Twitter user fumed: “Right since when have Tesco’s bag for life been 20p. That’s ridiculous.”

Another sarcastically said: “Tesco’s bags are 20p. Be great idea to start investing in stocks.”

A third suggested: “Why not provide normal lightweight bags? I’m not paying 20p… they are not bags for ‘life’.”

And a fourth asked: “When did Tesco bags become 20p? Daylight robbery that.”

Others even threatened to boycott the supermarket over the move.

A shopper said: “@Tesco that’s it – it’s finished! I’m not using your services any longer because you charge 20p for a bag and I was forced to pay for it today.

“Go save the world, now let’s see what you do because you are about to lose thousands of customers!”

And another said: “@Tesco upping the price of bags to 20p each with no visible informational signs.

“Well done Tesco, every little helps eh? Well you’ve lost me as a loyal, long time customer.”

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