paper or plastic

plastic bags - plastic bags when you go shopping
@shymurl (2768)
United States
April 28, 2008 1:55pm CST
when you go out shopping do you prefer paper over plastic or vice versa?? I know a long time ago it use to be a big deal about getting paper instead of plastic. but now a days you can recycle the plastic bags. So for me I usually just get plastic bags. Thats what you see more of anyways when you go into a store.
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12 responses
@Elixiress (3893)
10 May 08
It all depends. I tend to find that cardboard / thick paper bags look a lot more expensive than cheap looking plastic bags, so I would choose them if I had the chance. It is not really out of principle and trying to save the planet or anything.
• China
11 May 08
In our country , China, supermarkt or store forbidden to support plastic bag to customers in free sinc next month. It seems so difficult to carry out the laws, but I think the people will be understand . It's not a big things carry a bag when you go shopping .
@Elixiress (3893)
11 May 08
The only problem with that would be bigger sized items (items bigger than handbag size) since some of the time I shop on the spare of the moment from college or something rather than from home, so I wouldn't have a bag. I would rather they offered paper bags than no bags at all.
@mrpippo (756)
• United States
28 Apr 08
i get both i put the paper bags inot the plastic bags so they are stronger and i can carry them easier with the plastic bag on the out side
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Apr 08
i've actually seen that, I always wondered why, but now I do. thank you for responding.
@MGjhaud (20672)
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
In most of my city's stores, plastic bag is the most common to used for the shoppers. Paper bag is for some expensive stores. I think most, if not all, of the grocery stores her are using plastic which I prefer because I always use it for my garbage.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Apr 08
thats what I use mine for too, the garbage and other things. thank you for responding.
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
For heavy stuffs like groceries, I prefer plastic bags than paper bags. Paper bags tear easily when used with canned goods.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I tend to agree with you. They are a bit stronger and you can carry them a bit easier with the handles. thank you sharing.
• United States
28 Apr 08
Right now, I mostly bring cloth bags with me to the store. I used to use plastic and just re-use them whenever possible. But, I don't even do that anymore. I remember when they only gave out paper bags with your groceries and there were no plastic bags. The paper bags always broke, too. I was glad when those plastic bags came out. Now, it seems like everyone is trying to either go back to paper bags, or use the cloth bags like I am.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I see some people bringing cloth bags. That is a good idea. but i'm so scattered brain sometimes i'm afraid i'd forget the cloth bags before I went out to shop. lol. thank you for responding.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
7 May 08
I prefer plastic as paper bags tear and besides I recycle my bags into garbage sacks and a lot of other uses so they do double duy in allways and if I get too many Ican take them to the recylingbin.A lot of grocery stores now have plastic sack recyling bins.
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
2 May 08
I use palstic bags, not only are they environmentaly friendly but they are much eaiser to carry then paper bags.
@zpanmei (60)
1 May 08
i would rather use paper bags. here in india there are more usages of plastics than papers in market stores. so i usually go with a cloth bag while i go for shopping!
@cvrmom (181)
• United States
1 May 08
I have to say I'm a bad one and get the plastic bags. And not to recycle. I have 7 cats and I have to scoop the used litter everyday out of the 3 litter boxes. I use the plastic bags to put it in and put in the garbage can. I do have one store I go to, Save-a-Lot, that doesn't have paper or plastic unless you buy them. They put their empty boxes at the front of the store and you box your own purchases. It's much cheaper, too. I do recycle the boxes.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
1 May 08
i always saw on tv that in other countries they are using paper bag instead of plastic. maybe they are aware of saving the planet earth. in our country almost all people you will see them bringing plastic bags when are from shopping. paper bag is not common and much higher price than plastic so store owner's tend to use plastic than paper.
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
28 Apr 08
In Indonesia, we did not had any paperbags in supermarket or other stores. probably when you bought donut, they give you paper bag. The only option was using plastic bag. Cause plastic bag also can be recycle nows, kits okay with me.
28 Apr 08
There aren't many stores that currently use paper bags here in the UK altho a big chainstore called primark have started using them, i dont particularly care which bags i have as long as they are strong enough to hold to items i have in them. Im not really bothered as i recycle both the paper and plastic ones.