Then there is the free advertising.
Retail outlets benefit from free advertising that adorns even the flimsiest plastic carrier bag.
Some have likened the English use of free plastic carrier bags as something of a love affair but let's face it retailers started it.
There was a time when you either took a shopping bag with you to the shops or bought a brown paper carrier bag that could empty quickly onto the ground if it rained; enter the plassy bag!
Some stores are using the change next week to make money but others such as Iceland Freezer stores are going to give any money raised from the sale of previously free bags to charity.
BBC news reports Thursday "The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 comes into force on 5 October. The order requires sellers who employ more than 250 people to charge 5p for a "single use carrier bag" which is less than 70 microns (0.07mm) thick. Though there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, including for medicines, raw meat and razor blades, having to pay for bags will be a major change for most English shoppers."
Retailers may even become inventive in order to get around the change in the law-what about limiting staff numbers? Surely some devious employers may give that a shot.
The issue of damaging bags littering our seas and land areas may be addressed with a fee but it may not.
Litter louts prevail in England at this time.
Long gone are the days when children were taught by parents and other adults 'Keep Britain Tidy' and encouraged to throw waste into appropriate bins.
These days finished with means discard and that happens in cities, towns, resorts and beauty spots of England.