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Old 12-08-2008, 06:09 PM
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A (San Antonio) State Senator said she's working on a bill that would force retailers to eventually eliminate all plastic bag use statewide. State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said Senate Bill 338 would require all retailers to offer recycling stations as well as reasonably priced reusable bags.
Van De Putte Wants Plastic Bags Trashed - San Antonio News Story - KSAT San Antonio (http://www.ksat.com/news/18230853/detail.html - broken link)
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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who will define "reasonably priced?"

that said .... i don't even use a bag unless i am purchasing more than about 3 things or so........
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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All the stores are selling re-usable bags for .99. Sounds good to me. I have 7 of them. they are like the plastic bags, they keep multiplying. I keep em in the car and take them into the stores, food stores or Lowe's or whereever. Not all 7 every time....just when I go food shopping. So you can get used to it.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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"Reasonably Priced" - yep, Targets BETTER reusable bags are $5.

I bought 3 HUGE reusable bags on vacation this summer in Aruba. I LOVE THOSE! They were .99 cents as were the bags I've bought at Central Market and Tom Thumb. I take them w/ me grocery shopping all the time. They hold SOOOO MUCH MORE than the regular plastic bags and I can usually get a overflowing cart full of groceries in the house in 3 trips w/ the reusable bags. And no worries about them ripping and stuff falling out and breaking. Once you start using them you fall in love with them.

Now, how to get more people in the swing of things to use them? Maybe the stores could give 1 away with every purchase over say $50 for a limited time period (1-2 months).
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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What's wrong with the "old-fashioned" way of using recyclable paper bags? These bags are made from wood produced on tree farms, a renewable source of wood that doesn't require cuttting old-growth forests. They decompose in landfills very quickly as well. Perhaps an incentive program to use re-usable bags in addition to the paper bags. Offer a 1% discount on groceries if you use a reusable bag. I just don't want to have to tote bags with me since I am an infrequent shopper. I'm too cheap to want to always buy a bag. It's free now and I'm a cheapskate & want it to be free in the future. Hence my idea of a discount to offset the price of the reusable bag.
Of course, maybe it's time I get rid of my old-fashioned thinking and just stuff a few re-usable bags in my car and get with the program.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: southwest michigan
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At our neighborhood discount grocery store (WinCo Foods), they take $0.60 off your bill for every re-usable bag you bring, regardless of your total bill. The reusable bags they sell only cost $0.69, so making your money back is very easy. I don't know how they worked it out to make sense financially for them, but I'll take it!
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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Van De Putte Wants Plastic Bags Trashed - San Antonio News Story - KSAT San Antonio (http://www.ksat.com/news/18230853/detail.html - broken link)
Well, POOP!!

I mean that literally! There is nothing better than a Walmart bag for lining the bucket to pick up dog poop! I have a 5-gallon bucket that I line with the bag, pick up, then tie the bag shut.

Enclose in another Walmart bag, tie, throw in outside trash container (mine is now curb pickup) and you're done.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Well, that sucks, since plastic grocery bags (into which we stuff as many items as possible when at the store so as to leave with very few) serve nicely to line trash cans in the house, help with dog poop pick-up, re-use for carrying other items, putting liquid items into that you want to pack in a suitcase (in case of explosion), putting dirty clothes in on trips...

We also like the paper bags, though. We reuse them like crazy!
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Well, that sucks, since plastic grocery bags (into which we stuff as many items as possible when at the store so as to leave with very few) serve nicely to line trash cans in the house, help with dog poop pick-up, re-use for carrying other items, putting liquid items into that you want to pack in a suitcase (in case of explosion), putting dirty clothes in on trips...

We also like the paper bags, though. We reuse them like crazy!
I do all of that too. Since I went to the reusable bags it took me awhile to go thru my plastic bags. Then one day I needed one and there wasn't one! AGH!!! After I had milk sweat and leak in the reusable bags I have them put my milk in a plastic bag. So I get 2-3 plastic bags a week and that has been plenty to reuse for other purposes.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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what are we turning into? California? first HEB wants to charge for them, now a liberal wants to get rid of them.
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