The Plastic Bag Tax Is Rising!

It’s been over 5 years since the plastic bag tax was introduced. Large retailers in England were required to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags. We all remember the shock when it actually came into play. Even though we knew it was coming, it was still a surprise and an unwanted surprise for many at the end of a long food shop! Many have adjusted and invested in a collection of reusable shopping bags, and if you haven’t, are you still spending 5p+ each time you shop? You might want to find an alternative! Because as of April 2021, the government will increase the plastic bag tax, and the minimum charge for single-use plastic bags increasing from 5p to 10p. This will apply to all businesses in England that supply goods in single-use carrier bags.


In 2018 – 2019, it was reported that 1.11 billion plastic bags were sold by 221 retailers! With 0.55 billion being reported by seven main retailers; Asda, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative Group, Waitrose and Morrisons. This group of retailers account for nearly half the sales of plastic bags in 2018-2019, yet make-up only 3.17% of the retailers. With facts like that, it’s hard to ignore that we need to change the way we’re food shopping!

We truly believe that Trolley Bags is the answer! Trolley Bags are a British company manufacturing branded and private label reusable shopping bag systems. On a mission to end the use of single-use plastic bags and make food shopping easier and more enjoyable. The innovative design for a new kind of reusable bag system eliminates the need for any single carrier bags plus speeds up the packing process.

Did you know one Trolley Bag can replace up to 1000 plastic bags in its lifetime and that one plastic bag takes 10-20 years to decompose? So, it’s time for you to join the Trolley Bags revolution!

Check out our ranges


Set of four half mesh and half fabric bags to fit the large trolley. Available in the Vibe colourway; Orange, Green, Red and Blue!


Set of four half mesh and half fabric bags to fit the shallow trolley. Available in the Vibe and Pastel colourway; Yellow, Blue, Green and Grey!

Trolley Bags Express


Set of three fully fabric bags to fit in the large trolley. The full fabric bags are designed to provide even more strength. Available in the Shade colourway; Blue, Grey, Green!


Alongside the Trolley Bags range, we offer a selection of accessories. Use these in tandem with the Trolley Bags, or on their own.

The Trolley Bags Xtra Bag is designed to be sturdy and durable, providing you with a strong bag that protects the shopping you put in it. The flat bottom means it will sit upright in your car boot without falling over, whilst the patented hook system allows it to be hung on your shopping trolley.

Trolley bags Xtra is stronger and more durable than your regular shopping bags.

Trolley bags also offer cool bags, in a variety of sizes to fit any size set of Trolley Bags. With an insulating foam lining, our cool bag will ensure your shopping makes it home still cold and frozen.


Join the Trolley Bags Revolution, and don’t forget to share it with us on Instagram (Trolley Bags & Packing Sorted) and Facebook (Trolley Bags & Packing Sorted), and use the #TrolleyBagsSmugness

One thought on “The Plastic Bag Tax Is Rising!

  1. Pamela Turner says:

    Dear Trolley Bags,
    I can’t remember when you first launched, but I bought, very soon after, ast of smaller trolley bags for me, and a cooler bag. I was so impressed with them and used them immediately, much to the embarrassment of my partner. He soon retracted, when I had SO many people asking me where I hot them! I then bought 2 more sets for my sisters.
    X number of years later, I am still using them, and they are as strong as ever. Thank you so much for your invention!!

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