I'm not sure that this post will be of interest to anybody but it popped into my head this morning.
I think that plastic bags were introduced around about the 60's but I stand corrected if I'm wrong.
I remember my Mum washing them out and using them again, they were a novelty then.
Previous to that everything was in paper bags and the carrier bags were also paper.
I remember Waitrose hung on the big brown bags for a long time after the introduction of plastic but finally gave in to plastic.
When I was at home many years ago and before the plastic bag, my Mum would save every paper bag, lovingly smoothing it out and adding it to the pile for another use.
She used to do this with the cereal bags as well as then they were a type of grease proof paper and not plastic as today.
Dad used to take his sandwiches to work every day wrapped in this greaseproof paper and then put into an Oxo tin.
I notice that these tins are fetching up to £20 now on some sites.
He wouldn't believe it if he came back now to see that his battered old tin could be worth so much. lol