The Nameless One reinforces this idea with yet another example: that of charging for plastic bags.
Now, I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but the reason why shops have started to charge for bags isn't because they have been won over to the environmental cause. No - the reason why they have done this is to make money.
Of course it is: businesses are there to make money. And carrier bags cost money.
So, by charging for carrier bags, stores may win new customers and will reduce costs. It isn't so much surprising that some stores have stated charging for bags; what I find more amazing is that it has taken them so long to do so, and that more haven't jumped on this bandwagon.
Quite so. After all, the cost will have been included in the price of the goods that you buy anyway: in this wonderful new Dark Age of environmental austerity, they can not only include said costs in the price of everything that you buy—they can also charge the costs to you directly as well.
What's not to like (from a business's point of view, anyway)?