Product Type: Sainsbury's household products
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will these bin liners rip on you?? most probably yes!
Sainsbury's Basics Refuse Sacks
Member Name: 4pintfoss
Sainsbury's Basics Refuse Sacks
Advantages: very cheap
Disadvantages: very thin plastic that rips easily, no tie handles
Being a student I'm always looking for ways to save as much money as possible. Bin liners are just a big plastic bag that you put into your bin to contain rubbish, so I thought that surely they can't differ that much from one brand to the next? So I decided that I would give Sainsbury's basics bin liners a try.
The bin liners come in a roll of 30 liners which are connected together by a perforated edge. The packaging is a simple wrap of orange and white plastic (the colours used for all basics items) which holds the bin liners in place and stops them from unrolling.
30 bags will set you back 71p which is just over 2p a bag. This is a bargain, but when you actually use the bags it becomes clear why they are so cheap (more on that later). When compared to other bin liners such as 'Eco Bags Super Strong Dustbin Liners' which cost £1 for 20 (5p per bag), the basics bin liners are less than half the price per bag. So again it seems like the basics liners are good value for money, but it is important to consider the quality.
The bin liners themselves are easy to detach from the roll, and I have never had one rip. They are also easy to open up and fit inside an 'average' size bin easily, but it is clear when the bag is opened up how thin the plastic is as it it translucent. The problems arise when you come to take the full liner out of the bin. I find that anything which has a remotely sharp corner or edge (such as a pizza box for example) will pierce the plastic as it is of a very poor quality and is very thin. This is obviously where Sainsbury's has saved money.
Picking up the bag when it is full can also be difficult as the part that your gripping will often rip off under the weight of the rubbish. I often find that I have to 'double bag' to stop this from happening which defeats the object of buying cheap bin liners. The solution to this is to only fill the bag 2/3 of the way up so that the bag doesn't rip as easily. The plastic that makes up the basics bin liners appears to be lass than half the thickness of 'Eco Bags Super Strong Dustbin Liners' again showing that basics bin liners are not actually very good value for money.
Another problem with the bin liners are that there are no 'tie handles' making the job of tying a not in the bag a chore.
Living in a student household means that bins rarely get emptied (they get very full indeed), and so having tried the basics bin liners (with disastrous consequences) I have decided to splash a little more cash to get something thicker that will not rip when the contents gets slightly heavy.
Summary: it seems like a bargin, but its not worth the hassle. spash out on better quality bin liners
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