It's no longer "paper or plastic"

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
November 21, 2008 7:00am CST
Around here, I have noticed a huge increase in people using the cloth/canvas resuable grocery bags. A couple years ago our grocery store had a give-a-way and you got a free bag. They've done it a few times and I've now got 3 bags. I've been using them for years instead of the usualy plastic grocery bags, and I don't know the last time I've used paper. Every now and then, I do need to get some plastic bags for my trash-can liners, but other than that, I use the cloth grocery bags now. Are you using them in your area or do you take your bags that you've gotten on your last trip to the store?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
I first got a couple of cloth bags from the Second hand store, and then I had a couple that I got later on, one when I joined a book club, and one for the cruise we took a year or so ago. I got the rest by buying them at Superstore, or getting them free when I purchased so much or got them at a discount. The only time we get plastic bags is when we are shopping at Roman or Home Hardware, or when I am shopping at a department store. We use the recyclable bags for groceries. They are now offering taller ones to put in the large stuff like the large boxes of cereal. I do not like the plastic bags as they are not strong enough and they never make them big enough.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Ya know, it always kinda made me mad (not really mad, but just agitated I guess) that the plastic bags would rip if you put too much stuff in them. You'd have to use twice as many bags it seemed... I always use them for groceries now, and I should try to remember to use them for other places too - hardware store, clothes, all that other stuff. If I'm only getting one or two things I tell them not to even give me a bag any more.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Hey reiny~What a good recyclist! Nope, I don't bring my own bags! I get the plastic for my trash cans! I have a couple of small trash cans that I use for the bathroom and bedroom and one near my computer! You would think I lived in a big house, but it's only a three room apartment!lol So I just take the plastic bags when I go to the store and use them and get more! I'm sorry, I'm not a good recyclist (if there's such a word!) They never gave any of those bags away here. They do sell some for $1, but they don't give anything away!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Yeah, you can buy them for 99 cents, but every 4 or 5 months they send out a coupon for a free bag. I have 3 of them just from them being free. I know there's still a lot more I can do and I'm trying to work on that...
@elemental69 (1562)
• Ireland
21 Nov 08
I always bring cloth shopping bags with me when I go shopping. A lot of people here do too. The government are putting rediculous taxes on plastic bags. Its now 22c for a plastic carrier bag now and when you add up the cost of bags for a weeks groceries it can cost a fortune. The cloth bags hold a lot more too when you pack them properly. :-)
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Whoa, there's no charge for plastic bags here - yet! I have heard of some places where they're banned. I think that's good because there's really not much need for it. You're right about the cloth ones though, they hold a lot!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I shop at Aldi's for as much of my grocery shopping as I can, and I re-use the paper bags there. I just unload my groceries when I get home, fold the bags and put them right back into the trunk of my car for the next trip. I've got some bags that I've used probably a dozen times or more. The only other store I frequent is WalMart, and most of the cashiers would rather put each item in a separate bag it seems, rather than save anything. I've bought things like large pails or trash cans and told them to just scan the items and put in the can and keep the plastic bags, and they look at me like I'm nuts. It's funny, because now WalMart has shopping bags for sale at the checkout line too. They have that handy-dandy carousel that holds the bags while they fill them, so unless they get more room in that area to accommodate greener alternatives, I think most cashiers won't do it.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Nov 08
A lot of times when I'm only getting a few things, I tell them not to put it in a bag. They really don't know what to do with it then! Our Giant food actually credits you 5 cents for each bag you reuse. But, we use the self-checkout a lot and it's hard to get someone to come over, count your bags then credit you. I only get the credit when my husband isn't with me because then I'll go to a cashier.
@philjas (1134)
• United States
21 Nov 08
It seems like nearly every store sells those bags now, but I haven't actually seen anyone use them, including me. I can reuse plastic bags for garbage bags so at least it's not a total waste.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Nov 08
People use them a lot around here. I don't pay for them, but wait until they have a free promotion. I've gotten 3 bags that way. I have tons of the plastic ones from when I didn't have the reusable bags. When I run out I'll have to get some more so I can line my trash cans :)