https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51132164 "Asda is launching a "sustainability store" where shoppers can fill their own containers with food. Customers at a Leeds branch will be able to use refill stations for own brand rice and pasta, as well as Kellogg's cereals and PG Tips. Asda is the latest major grocer to launch an initiative to cut down on plastic packaging" The trial will be similar to one tested by Waitrose, which apparently proved popular enough with their customers that they extended the trial to some other stores. How will this appeal to you? Are you organised enough to cart a truckload of Tupperware to the supermarket? Are you someone who uses the self-scan tills to reduce the time you spend in the store and would find the palava of having to weigh your container before filling it, then weighing it again before you scan it? Would it work in Asda, where it's sometimes difficult to move for screaming brats doing star jumps when they're not running around at breakneck speed or hurtling out of aisles on heelies, as well as it works in Waitrose, whose clientele seem to mostly be pensioners with sod else to do all day? Don't get me wrong, I welcome any incentive to improve the environment and reduce the amount of packaging back to the level there was when I was younger, but back then, the main reason we didn't have so much plastic waste was that shops employed staff to weigh out the goods according to the customer's requirements and charge accordingly. The greengrocer emptied everything into customer's bag and the customer was fine sorting the onions out from the carrots and spuds when they got home, so there was minimal amounts of packaging. The only things the greengrocer wrapped would be things like raspberries, which wouldn't sustain being dumped among the spuds etc. and for these, he provided a brown paper bag, which usually ended up being burnt on the fire. It seems to me, that all the recent innovations that have been taking place in supermarkets, rely on the customer doing the work that employees used to. Is this the best way to save the planet? Bearing in mind the customer is required to invest in containers, whilst supermarkets cut their packaging cost, do all the weighing and labeling themselves, and enable supermarkets to save more money by employing fewer shelf-stackers, might we expect a substantial reduction in the shopping bills for those who use this latest incentive? After all, money is always an incentive to change our habits. The government claims credit for reducing the number of smokers by pricing tobacco products out of reach and in Scotland, introducing a minimum price for alcohol is claimed to have reduced the amount of alcohol consumption. Why shouldn't there be a financial incentive for the consumer to do all the necesary work it requires to reduce the amount of plastic waste, if the planet benefits from it? Or are there other alternatives you can come up with?