“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bin Liner „
I've tried all sorts of bin bags for my kitchen pedal bin, and bought these own brand ones a few times. I'm not totally keen on them so usually only get them when my favourite brand aren't available but overall they're not too bad.
I like that these bin bags are a little bigger than my bin, so the top hangs over the bin which makes them easier to pull out. Getting them in the bin is easy enough and the roll is perforated so getting the bags off in theory should be easy. In actuality...it's not. I've ripped the bag on more than one occasion when trying to pull it off the roll. After some swearing and huffing, I've found it's better to go slow when ripping the bag off. This defeats the purpose of the perforation for me but isn't the end of the world.
The bag is strong enough for most kitchen and garden rubbish I've used it for and the tie top is pretty useful as well. My other complaint about the bags is the strength at the top of them - if I use the tie to pull and the bag is full I find one of two things happen; either the tie bit rips out so the bag itself rips at the top. I have found that if I avoid pulling the bin out too near the top I avoid this but the downside of that is I can't fill the bag as full as I'd like which feels like a waste to me.
I have only bought a pack of these once, and I'm sorry to say that I probably won't bother again. The curious thing is that were it not for the additional tie-up tops, there'd be nothing wrong with the bags themselves. At a little over £2 for the pack of 20 bags, they do come in price wise at the same sort of range as other similar products, so you'd expect the same quality.
The bags themselves are mainly solid quality. They don't tend to rip when the bag is full, and this is a very good thing as this is the fundamental part of a bin bag, of course. The bags roll up very tightly, and when you separate them, this is where the first issue sometimes comes. When separating them, the tie-up element, which is housed within the top of the bag, sometimes gets caught and the bag itself manages to distort slightly. I thought this was a bit annoying at first, but it happened regularly through the bags and this ended up being a real pain.
Once the bag was out, then getting it in the bin is easy enough. The tops come over the side of the bin, and then you carry on using it as normal. So far so good apart from the top tie element catching. The real issue though comes when it's time to finish the bag off. Usually, I'd leave enough slack and twist two parts of the top of the bag to tie it together, but with this you shouldn't need to do it, as there are ties going round the top of the bag to do this. In theory you should be able to fill the bag a little more, perhaps, than usual, but I don't even bother doing this as our actual bin isn't quite big enough for it to fill the bag.
The problem usually comes when tying the bag up after it's full, ready to put it out for collection. The ties comes out of the housing easily enough, and this automatically pulls the top of the bag together, thus closing it off for the most part. After this, though, it really depends on how tight you need to pull things in order to close the bag and tie it off properly. I find that I have to be quite careful with it, and once it gets tight then the strain on the plastic almost becomes a bit too much. I've torn a couple of bags very easily doing this, and although initially I felt I'd been too forceful with it, by the second and third times when I'd been more careful, I thought that it was bad design.
I tried tying it up with a less full bag, and I guess it's just that last little bit when you need to close the bag up properly. To get it completely closed does require a touch of force, and you really do have to be careful to not split the bag. For me, I've tied umpteen bags without needing this tie and without splitting them, and therefore I can't honestly say that this ease of use addition to bin bags is for me. I know others have sworn by it, saying that it makes things oh so easy, so I guess it works to a certain extent, but I certainly haven't had a favourable experience and so I won't be buying them again.
We ran out of bin bags the other week and my husband got annoyed with me so I went to find some in our local Tesco's that same night to make sure we had some for the morning. The only thing they had as its just a small Tesco express were the small swing liner bins for little bins and my husband hates it when the bin bag is too small for our big pedal bin so I opted to buy these big 60 litre refuse bags. They are actually a little bit bigger than our bin but I don't mind that as I don't mind the overhang on the outside of the bin and also, when you come to remove the sack I find its always easier if you have some spare bag at the top to pull it out with.
The bags are big black sacks And have the words, "The Green Sack TM" written across it and is says that it was made in Britain from recycled UK Farm plastics. I like the fact that these bags are recycled because it makes me feel better about using them and then throwing them away. When you buy the sacks too, there is just a thin paper sleeve around them with the name of the bags and the barcode so again, less packaging here is also better for the environment too.
The sacks are really quite thick and strong and never break or pull and tear when I get them out of our big bin which is great. There's nothing worse than pulling out your rubbish and it going all over the kitchen floor!!
The bags have a tear strip and its weird because the first one that I had to tear off tore around the handles so it went in a curve which I thought was strange but now the tear off strip is straight across as is the bottom of the bag. The, at the top of the bag there are four strips of plastic which you can then tie together once the bag is full in order to close the top off. I actually like this much better than drawstrings at the top of a bag because I think they tie better and also are quite strong when tied so you can use this to pull the bag out of the bin and also to carry it out to your big rubbish bin that the bin men take away.
A 20 pack costs £2.50 which is £0.13 each which I don't think is too bad a price, considering that these bags really do last quite a long time in our house as they have such a bog capacity. All in all a good rubbish bag.
Bin bags are not that thrilling, unless they dramatically tear as you try to remove them from your packed bin releasing the stinky contents all over your floor, then it becomes a very interesting topic indeed, but most people prefer the boring option of the bin bag just doing what it is designed to do so they can ignore it.
I find that since we have had kids, we generate a bit more rubbish through cooking, craft, and other extra purchases. Though I recycle where possible, I still end up with one to two black refuse sacks per week of general waste to go in the bin and be sent to landfill.
I don't want to waste money, so I have tried a few different bags out to try and get the best compromise between money spent and quality of bag, and our current household favourite is the Tesco standard sack with tie handles.
These come in a roll with 20 sacks on it, which in our house will last a good couple of months. The cost is £2.50, which works out at just 13p per bag. I admit it is pricier than some other sacks on the market, but I have never had one of these split, and I find that when it is full it is easy to tie up the bag in such a way that it is properly sealed. There is nothing worse than going to your bin in summer months and finding it full of maggots. I have not had that happen in a number of years, and I partly put that down to the use of good quality bags. When my bin is only emptied once per fortnight, this is a pretty big achievement.
I have a swing top bin from Argos, and I find that these 60 litre bags fit very nicely in my bin. The tie top bit means that there are 4 longer sections on the four corners of the bad, and I can sit the sack over the edge of my bin so there is no gap between the bin and sack. This means I don't get food at the bottom of my kitchen bin going mouldy. Once the sack is full (and it gets pretty full as I seem to be the only household member who empties the bin and I leave it as long as I can) I find I can use the 4 longer corner ties to pull the sack out of the bin. I then tie them by knotting the ties diagonally opposite each other. This creates the good seal against any pests getting in.
I find that these bags are a little hard to remove from the roll, as even though there is a perforated section to tear against, the material is quite thick and it is harder to tear off than on a roll with thinner bags. Although this can be annoying when you are getting a new bag out, it is partly why I never have bag tearages as it is pretty tricky to tear through the plastic.
Overall, although not the cheapest bag on the market, I feel this area of household management is one worth spending a little more on. as there is nothing worse than picking up week old tea bags and other items when you have children and pets underfoot, and you also don't have to empty it when half full as you know it will split otherwise. So I do tend to get a good use out of the bags 60 litre capacity.