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Old 07-10-2017, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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OP I have to ask, are you laundering your reusables on a regular basis. I applaud eliminating plastic, but do get turned off by dirty, greasy well intentioned canvas ones.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Why do they sell reuseable grocery bags? Because it is better for the environment, right? Well if the environment is such a concern why wouldn't they eliminate the free plastic bags all together? Make customers pay for the reuseable ones which would force them to bring them back each time or else they would have to buy them all over again.


I find it odd that people think we are doing all we can for the environment just because we offer things such as reuseable bags or we reduce the emissions on fossil fueled vehicles, etc, etc.. For example, If we have reusable bags, make all others obsolete. If we have electric cars, make fossil fueled cars obsolete. If technology is so important why do we not replace the old technology? It seems all we do is to mask the old technology with the new to appear we are doing all we can.
It is a little bit more than that, such as a sea turtle mistaking a plastic shopping bag for a jelly fish and then choking to death on one or starving to death because it blocks the intake of nutrients.

The thing is, in at least one story told short, money talks. Can one push such an effort without voters or do they need the voice of the people?

Can one push environmental concerns without the voice of the people? Since I don't wish to get current day political, I shall leave it at that.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:46 PM
 
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This is the way many countries in Europe handle bags and bagging.
Indeed. In my salad days, I even impressed a new girlfriend (we were shopping for the first meal we'd cook together, quite the relationship milestone) by my crazy skills at packing compact, with even weight distribution, yet with nothing smashed. I still do that better than 95% of US baggers.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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<>I guess from their comments it's much easier for the baggers to use the plastic ones.
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They probably don't know the secret of filling the cloth shopping bags. On the better bags made for shopping, in between the handle attachment points are loops that fit over the rack bars for the plastic bags. This will hold then upright and make them easy to fill.
Also the bags designed for wine bottles are great for canned goods and such.
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:16 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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... If we have reusable bags, make all others obsolete. If we have electric cars, make fossil fueled cars obsolete. .
It's called "Freedom of Choice."

I know this is a difficult concept for socialists to understand, but, you see, everyone is different and their different opinions, needs & desires need to be tolerated by us superior beings who really know better.
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It's store number two now that has it's employees give us grief because we use our own bags. I guess from their comments it's much easier for the baggers to use the plastic ones.

Anyone else?
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No, actually one of our grocery stores gives you .5 off for each bag you use. Of course there is Aldi's that works on a no frills policy that doesn't even bag your groceries. You bag your own and if you do not bring in bags they charge you for providing them. This is the way many countries in Europe handle bags and bagging.
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OP I have to ask, are you laundering your reusables on a regular basis. I applaud eliminating plastic, but do get turned off by dirty, greasy well intentioned canvas ones.
The OP started this thread 10 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Many communities now forbid the use of plastic bags and require customers have reusable bags.
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:17 PM
 
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Why do they sell reuseable grocery bags? Because it is better for the environment, right? Well if the environment is such a concern why wouldn't they eliminate the free plastic bags all together? Make customers pay for the reuseable ones which would force them to bring them back each time or else they would have to buy them all over again.








You answered your own question,. See bolded words.

Follow the $$$$$$$$MONEY$$$$$$$$.

They still have reusable plastic bags because they realize they're still a perfectly usable, worthwile commodity no matter what long-winded sanctimony the granola eaters have to the contrary. Consumer freedom.
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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When I first moved to Texas about 14 years ago, I wasn't even allowed to bring my bags into the stores, let alone use them. The stores actually wouldn't allow me to bring in - I guess they were afraid I'd fill them and bypass the checkout on the way out or something. This was quite a surprise, because the stores in rural Kentucky where I had moved from didn't seem to mind. These were some nice canvas bags that I had used in Germany and bought on the base there. They were about the size of a paper grocery bag if I remember right. Now, none of the stores I go to give me any grief about it, even if I bring another store's bags. I like the reusable bags better because they can hold so much more, although I was kind of disappointed in the last two bags I just picked up at WM. They seemed more flimsy than the first generation bags I got from there about a year or so ago.

I didn't know that about Target deducting 5 cents off the total for every bag you bring in. Does that only apply to Super Targets? I wish I had one of those around here.

Blessings,
pnc
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Well, I've been occasionally using my own bags in Texas since at least the early 1980's (earlier than that considerably in some stores). No one ever gave me any trouble about them other than asking where they could get some of their own (back before they were readily available everywhere).

Where in Texas did you move to 14 years ago that this happened?
Oh my goodness!! TexasHorseLady - I'm so sorry I didn't see your question when you first asked it!

To answer your question - Houston and the stores were Randall's, Gerland's (no longer here as far as I know), and Wal-Mart. None of them would let me in the door with the bags.
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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Hawaii Island has banned plastic grocery bags, and stores charge for paper bags, so most of us bring our own bags or just toss the loose groceries back in the cart.

Before the ban, some places seemed reluctant to use our bags. But I don't take stupid for an answer.
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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The only time a cashier said anything about my bags was in a Trader Joe store about 10 years ago. I had bags from a different grocery store. He read the name off and said "hmmph" and then packed my groceries into the bags.

I thought it was a little weird because the bags were from a good grocery store, not an Associated or C-Town type store, but it didn't seem at all as if he was giving me grief for the bags. Just odd.
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