U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Green Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
27,165 posts, read 29,660,252 times
Reputation: 26651

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by theatergypsy View Post
One of our hometown grocery chains uses "biodegradable" bags. They break down when exposed to the elements. I don't feel quite the guilt when I forget my own reusables and have to use the store bags. Also, I use them to line the bottom of my leaf collection bags, since I know they will decompose and become part of the composted leaves. Wonder why this isn't an industry standard?
Hmm, it looks like biodegradable bags are a sham:

'Biodegradable' plastic bags may not be as eco-friendly as thought - Telegraph


Since most go to landfills, they do not get the proper oxygen to degrade. And they take 2-5 years.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-05-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Hyrule
8,398 posts, read 9,887,344 times
Reputation: 7441
I make my own grocery bags out of burlap but just skipping the bagging as harry chickpea mentioned is a great idea. Why use bags at all? I have a little cart at home I can load them into that and bring them in. Issue solved. I feel rather foolish for not thinking of this as a possible solution. Thanks for jogging my old brain.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-05-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
886 posts, read 4,775,649 times
Reputation: 807
Quote:
Originally Posted by PoppySead View Post
I make my own grocery bags out of burlap but just skipping the bagging as harry chickpea mentioned is a great idea. Why use bags at all? I have a little cart at home I can load them into that and bring them in. Issue solved. I feel rather foolish for not thinking of this as a possible solution. Thanks for jogging my old brain.
There are a lot of places that will not let you take the shopping cart out of the store.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-05-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
9,745 posts, read 14,181,297 times
Reputation: 14796
Quote:
Originally Posted by usafracer View Post
There are a lot of places that will not let you take the shopping cart out of the store.
That's odd. What do people do when they have to get a bunch of groceries at one time? Do employees help them carry all the bags to their cars?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
886 posts, read 4,775,649 times
Reputation: 807
Yes that how they do it. They found it was cheaper to pay some one to carry them out to the car and stock shelves.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-06-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
9,745 posts, read 14,181,297 times
Reputation: 14796
Quote:
Originally Posted by usafracer View Post
Yes that how they do it. They found it was cheaper to pay some one to carry them out to the car and stock shelves.
I've honestly never seen that before. What if the customer has 10-15 bags? Do they get a parade of employees to follow them out to the car? Most stores I've seen never had enough spare employees to do that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-06-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
886 posts, read 4,775,649 times
Reputation: 807
They have carts that are built for carrying the groceries. I will see if I can snap a picture next time I am at the store.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-06-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
9,745 posts, read 14,181,297 times
Reputation: 14796
Quote:
Originally Posted by usafracer View Post
They have carts that are built for carrying the groceries. I will see if I can snap a picture next time I am at the store.
Yeah I'd be interested to see that. The stores I've been to will let you take the normal cart into the parking lot to load your own groceries, and the bagger will offer to help people take their groceries out and load them, but they just use the same carts for that. There is one store I frequent that has carts that become immobilized if they are taking outside the parking lot. They have a little locking device on one wheel.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-06-2011, 03:06 PM
 
6,034 posts, read 13,129,960 times
Reputation: 6903
Ghana baskets are great for grocery shopping and shopping the farmer's markets, too. Lately I've only been shopping for one or two days at a time... we cook from scratch so we buy fresh food.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-07-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
886 posts, read 4,775,649 times
Reputation: 807
Here you go. They stick my bags on here and take them to the car for me. Most of the time its a retired person or a high school kid.
Attached Thumbnails
Paper or Plastic?.......What A Joke!!!!-carts.jpg  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Green Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top