I'm not used to being a social pariah: I've never smoked, and I've always been very dutiful about things like drink-driving (easy when you don't like the stuff to start with) and not talking on my mobile when driving.
So, it took me aback a bit when I realised I was getting funny glances from the other people at the checkout when I cheerfully announced that yet again I'd forgotten my collection of bags for life. THEY all had them - some of them even had those even more green jute efforts. And I, wasteful mis-user of the planet's resources, did not.
Today I heard that Marks and Spencer are going to be asking people to pay 5p per carrier bag. The Radio 4 interviewer asked if using plastic carrier bags would soon be seen as anti-social a thing as smoking. No soon about it in Waitrose.
I don't think the down on using plastic bags is a bad thing (though I do wonder how I'd ever have managed to move house as a student, which seemed to involve shifting a thousand International Supermarket carrier bags). It's dreadful seeing them fluttering in their hundreds from the trees opposite Tescos, and frankly if I was more organised it wouldn't be a problem. When I heard the M&S story I did wonder briefly if there would be a sort of reverse chic - that plastic bag users would proudly announce that their 5p was going to improve parks and THAT IS A GOOD THING. But I think not.
The forgetful (me) and disorganised (me again) will soon slink from the supermarket aisles in shame, or else end up with the world's largest collection of bags-for-life. I had better clear out another cupboard.