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Do u bring your own bags to food shop?

Florida2's picture

Last year I bought several canvas bags to bring to the grocery store. I do not allow them to give me plastic or paper bags anymore. These bags are great: THey hold the equivalent of three or four plastic sacks!


Yesterday I saw a video clip on the destructiveness of plastic bags to our wildlife and environment--what an eye opener.


Does your area ban plastic? I heard San Francisco does and that Boston is looking into it.

Heather's picture

(post #50320, reply #1 of 100)

Yes, I always bring my own bags. It's an easy thing to do.

Biscuit's picture

(post #50320, reply #3 of 100)

I have two canvas bags from Trader Joes, and I have 3 canvas bags from my local grocer.  I use them, empty them, and put them right back in my car, which is where they stay so they are always available.  As you said - it's such an easy thing to do, and we don't have hundreds of little plastic bags around anymore, and those bags are a lot stronger and can hold more things.  Seems like a no-brainer for me.


Edited to say:  Actually - (g) - they work so well that DH asked me last week to PLEASE get some plastic grocery bags next time I was at the store!  That's how we put out our recyclables for collection - you seperate them and put them in plastic recyclable bags and take them to the curb for collection.  DH ran out of bags and for 4 weeks didn't take out the recyclables because he had no bags to put them in. (G)



Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain


Edited 6/17/2008 9:35 pm ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

shoechick's picture

(post #50320, reply #4 of 100)

I try, honest, I try.  I just seem to have an issue with putting them back in my car.  But, should we be forced to use a plastic bag, the get recycled and recycled in our house as lunch bags.  I don't remember the last time I threw a plastic bag out.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

avak123's picture

(post #50320, reply #5 of 100)

I have got the putting back in your car part down. The taking out of your car to go into the grocery, not so much!


 

kathymcmo's picture

(post #50320, reply #10 of 100)

My problem also! But I am getting a little better at it.


So far I'm just reusing my paper bags from various stores, and sometimes I bring in one store's bags to another store's. They don't seem to mind.

avak123's picture

(post #50320, reply #11 of 100)

I have gotten a little better, only because the bags now go in the front seat instead of the trunk!

kathymcmo's picture

(post #50320, reply #12 of 100)

That's so funny, that's what I've been doing too, put them in the passenger seat next to me. Even then I have forgotten them--until I reach the checkout stand. Oh well, in time it will become a habit.

Jean's picture

(post #50320, reply #13 of 100)

DD gets reusable bags from her grocery store for 99 cents. They are sturdy, waterproof, and make great totes for other purposes too. I hope our stores begin carrying them soon. In the meantime, the plastic ones get recycled and the paper ones reused for other things.





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KarenP's picture

(post #50320, reply #14 of 100)

 Yes, I bring my own canvas bags to the grocery store and to the farmers market, as well.  I reuse the plastic bags to throw things in like peas and beans that are sold by weight. 

Carole4's picture

(post #50320, reply #2 of 100)

I have bags from every chain. Sometimes I forget and take the wrong bags to the wrong store...:)

Marcia's picture

(post #50320, reply #34 of 100)

I have quite a few sturdy bags with the Acme logo on the front. They cost a dollar each and I enjoy taking them into Whole Foods where they were charging around $15 for similar bags. Have TJ's bags and others, too.

It shouldn't matter where you got the bags - only that you use them.

Carole4's picture

(post #50320, reply #35 of 100)

I know. My Sprouts bag is bright, bright green and really holds a lot. I take it everywhere. Sprouts is a local Tucson market. My TJ bags are wearing out!

Risottogirl's picture

(post #50320, reply #47 of 100)

I enjoy taking them into Whole Foods where they were charging around $15 for similar bags


WOW!! All my WF bags cost a buck each, actually, I think one of them was free on Earth Day.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Marcia's picture

(post #50320, reply #74 of 100)

They were about that price when they first began selling them, and I've noticed that lately the prices have gone down. Competition, I expect.

Nightrider's picture

(post #50320, reply #6 of 100)

Always.  I have a collection of grocery bags made from 100% recycled material (they feel like canvas, but I think it's actually recycled plastic).  I also have a canvas bag with compartments for holding wine bottles when I go to the liquor store.  I LOVE the canvas bags.  We are a one car family, and I often end up walking to and from the grocery store - the canvas bags are SO much easier to carry than plastic.

Biscuit's picture

(post #50320, reply #27 of 100)

My grocery store makes it easier for me to remember my bags - (g) - I get a 20 cent credit for each canvas bag I bring back to be refilled each time I shop (g).  It's not much, but it's still incentive.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

soupereasy's picture

(post #50320, reply #66 of 100)

20? it has gone up last time I looked it was 2.

Biscuit's picture

(post #50320, reply #82 of 100)

(G)  At my grocer it's 20 cents.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

soupereasy's picture

(post #50320, reply #83 of 100)

Lucky you! I would certainly remember my bags.;)

Biscuit's picture

(post #50320, reply #85 of 100)

Sad thing is, I don't see many people doing it at my local grocer.  Me and a few senior citizens.  I think if volume of people using them went up, they'd probably lower the rebate amount.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Heather's picture

(post #50320, reply #84 of 100)

I believe it is 5 cents here--I haven't looked at my receipts lately.

soupereasy's picture

(post #50320, reply #52 of 100)

For walking the canvas bags need to have a handle long enough to go over the shoulder.


I do have one I love from Cosentino's in CA. Used to have a couple more but wore them out.:(

PeterDurand's picture

(post #50320, reply #7 of 100)

BASF now makes bio-degradable plastic bags.

I think they will have some problems selling them what with Al Gore Inc.

Cheers,

Peter (ducking from the arrows that are about to descend)

 
Better life through Zoodles and poutine...


Edited 6/17/2008 10:15 pm by PeterDurand

Carrotsnapper's picture

(post #50320, reply #8 of 100)

PETER!!!! Okay, it's okay. At least you are trying. I forget occasionally and I feel soooo bad. Every effort counts.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

smslaw's picture

(post #50320, reply #31 of 100)

I can think of problems with biodegradable plastic:


One, it's made from corn and oil, both expensive and getting more so;


Two, it encourages single use, when we should be reusing, which is better than recycling, which in turn is better than tossing in the trash.


 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #50320, reply #9 of 100)

I have been using canvas bags for several years now - we have quite a collection.


In France, they charge you for the plastic grocery bags. Very good idea.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

annieqst's picture

(post #50320, reply #28 of 100)

Our local store charges also. That tiny fee prompted many to start toting their own. Great!

gmunger's picture

(post #50320, reply #15 of 100)

We have also started a concerted effort to eschew beer bottles. We are blessed with 3 good breweries nearby, and we have been buying draft beer direct from the breweries in refillable "growlers". And not only does fresh draft beer taste better, there is also usually a lively social scene at the taproom.

 


We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.

 

We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.
kathymcmo's picture

(post #50320, reply #16 of 100)

Interesting. How long before the beer goes flat?

gmunger's picture

(post #50320, reply #36 of 100)

Ours have simple screw-on caps. If you snug them well, the beer stays lively for up to a week or more. It depends on how many times you open them, too. And they deplete gradually, so it's not like it goes from tap-fresh to totally flat instantaneously.


There are also better designs than this. I've commonly seen a contraption called a pig, which amounts to your own personal mini keg. But the simple glass jar works well enough for us.


 


We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.

 

We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.