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Old 01-17-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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I've been buying the canvas-type ones since they dropped to $1/bag years ago. They carry so much more than plastic and you can use them for so many other things!

Wait until "Earth day" and at Kroger, they go 1/2 price or less. My children's school also just sold some for 3/$1 - a fundraiser. They're a slightly better quality than you get at the grocery or WM, plus they're a bit bigger too. My kids bought me 6 for my birthday.

It's not a bad idea, but it bugs me that everyone is trying to pretend this is "for the environment". Puleez! They're doing it to cut down THEIR costs. Plus, the enviro-whackos are lobbying to fine stores that provide the plastic bags.

Where is that earthquake that is supposed to make the republic of CA fall off? We really need it!
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:06 AM
 
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Ah, hell.

I might as well start buying trash bags so they can fit all my groceries in 'em.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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How long do those reusable bags last? For $.50 or a dollar I wonder how well made they are?
If they charge for the plastic ones, yes, I'll get the others.
Guess I'll have to buy small wastebasket liners after I've used up all my plastic bags I've saved.
It just depends on which ones you get.
I would spend the money and invest in cloth bags.
There are some good sites you can find reusable bags. Just search reusable bags and you'll get a lot of results.

I think the less you spend, the less they'll last.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I try to use reusable bags when doing my grocery shopping.
I definitely fit more into the reusable bags and I feel like I'm helping the environment by not using plastic bags.
I use them mainly because the ones they have at stores are so thin and flimsy that you can't put more than 2-3 things in them before they start to tear. I wish they'd let me pack the bags, too; I get tired of wearily telling bored teenage punks that you cannot put a can of tomatoes on top of my bananas or mangoes.

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Target gives customers a 5 cent credit for using reusable bags (this is per bag) and Kroger gives a 3 cent credit (per bag) when you use a reusable bag.
Not around here (north Texas).

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I recently watched a news story online about a few Wal-Mart stores that don't offer plastic bags and customers are charged for reusable bags if they fail to bring their reusable bags from home. What are your feelings about this?
Personally I don't care; I always have reusables in the car because I prefer them. I don't like the plastic bags that stores hand out. The only store that has decent ones is Target.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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It's not a bad idea, but it bugs me that everyone is trying to pretend this is "for the environment". Puleez! They're doing it to cut down THEIR costs. Plus, the enviro-whackos are lobbying to fine stores that provide the plastic bags.
I agree totally. Like hotels and cruise ships w/ those cards saying "be environmentally friendly- reuse towels. Place on rack to reuse, place on floor for new ones"

Yet everything else about the place is so NON-friendly to the environment....just a ploy to get out of doing work or spending money for clean towels/linens. They use the 'environment' to hopefully get the guest to do it.

If grocery stores stopped placing my groceries in free bags....I'd bring my own or some boxes but I would NEVER buy a bag. That is such a waste of economic resources and it is WORSE for the environment.... it's REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE...in that order.

Making bags (and all the natural resources it takes to do it...plus all the fossil fuel to get those bags to the different stores) is worse!
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