Don't Trow Your Shopping Bag, It Is Useful!

shopping bag - shopping bag you can reuse in several ways
@jamz82 (1861)
Italy
August 26, 2012 4:15am CST
Hello. In my country since 10 years ago supermaket and central market started to make pay the shopping bag for a price from 10 cents to 1 euro. I remember some years ago they were free. I think it's a good thing to make pay the shopping bag, because this way they stimulate customers to collect plastic bags for next time they come back. Despite that I still see a lot of people that buy bags and they don't take it from home. When I go to supermarket I bring from home an ecological shopping bag to do shopping instead I use plastic bags to collect garbage in my home. I think we can avoid to throw our shopping bags there are several way to reuse them and it's good for our planet.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
26 Aug 12
There are changes here in our country when it comes to shopping bag. Some supermarkets implement that buyers/shoppers must bring their own bags every weekends because the mall/supermarket won't provide a single bag. This is a good way to motivate people not to throw but reuse their shopping bags.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
I think in our country they've to start to don't provide give shopping bag in weekends as they do in your country. I'm wondering what happens if someone do the shopping and at the cash desk he discover he forgot his shopping bag
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
26 Aug 12
Actually, that's one of the most awkward moment in a person's life Imagine a shopper tucked with grocery items inside his/her shirt/dress
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
It could be a nice but unconfortable solution
• Dhaka, Bangladesh
26 Aug 12
Hello Jam, you are very right. We should not throw the plastic bags because it takes long time to be rotten. It takes as much as 300 years to damage it automatically. It blocks our drainage holes and creates water logging. It creates adverse effect over the environment. In many countries using of plastic bag is banned. This bags can be used in the recycling process. Have a nice day.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
woah! 300 years to damage is a lot of time. A plastic bag last more than a human live then. I think it should be banned everywhere in the world then. It was better in the middle Age when plastic didn't exist. Have a nice day too!
@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
26 Aug 12
Back when I was small, I remember that we never throw out the plastic bags from groceries. Mom would fold them neatly and use them to line up our trash bins, or use it whenever she goes to the wet market. Now that our town have an ordinance banning all plastics, we have those cloth-like shopping bags and we always use these and carry them back whenever we go grocery shopping. These can be bought from the groceries at 20 pesos minimum, depending on the size.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
Really in your town is banned plastic? Don't you have any plastic bottle for example Coke? Why do they banned them? Ecological reason or other? I'm just curious about this I think in our country people can't live without plastic.
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
26 Aug 12
this is a good way of reducing our excesses by reusing the plastic bags. i bring my shopping bag whenever i go to the supermarket because i do not want to pay extra for a bag. by bringing my one bag everytime, i am spared to spend some money and i also spare the world of another plastic bag to be thrown and added to the wastage.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
It's great to do something useful for planet Earth! I think we can save even some money with time.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
26 Aug 12
I can't remember that time anymore we could get a shopping bag for free. In many countries I have been/lived it's normal to pay for a shopping bag or take your own with you. If I have one I always take it with me or use it again.. if it's (partly) broke I use it as a garbish bag.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
Nice to know you're saving your bags. If everybody act like you there will be less problems on our Planet.
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Aug 12
It will encourage shoppers to recycle all plastic bags. If they reused all bags it will minimize the garbage that can cause flooding in many areas specially in the cities. For example here in our country, the main cause of flooding are the garbage. Which people living within the city throw their garbage anywhere in their areas.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
28 Aug 12
Hi julyteen, I know what you mean! In my country too, there are some areas where people throw garbages in the streets. They do it because they are "uncivilized" and because garbage collector doesn't work there very often and so trash can are full of garbages. It is a big problem and it seems the government don't want to remedy. It's a pity! Cheers!
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
28 Aug 12
Oh my god! It is a serious problem! I didn't know garbage can cause such disasters. Your government should seriously take more security measures to avoid such problems.
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
29 Aug 12
Yes! Government should take immediate action for this problem. If not it will destroy the whole Metro City soon.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
28 Aug 12
If it is make of non biodegradable material, then it is reuseable for a long time, and most of them can be kept for other uses or reuse as shopping bags again in the future. Only those biodegradable type should be thrown away if you wish, they will not harm the environment chemically speaking after they are in the landfill.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
29 Aug 12
Hi lampar, I wonder why they still sell plastic bags when there are biodegradable material that are far better and doesn't pollute the enviroment. It's so stupid still selling plastic bags. Cheers :)
@lampar (7597)
• United States
29 Aug 12
My friend! The main reason is that those plastic bags cost much lower for the retail stores uses to bag their goods. Every penny or so save from a bag can add up rather quickly if the store sell several hundred thousand of items in a month. It is not about stupidity, but rather about cost/benefit from the business point of view. But from the environmental perspective, it is a whole different story. Cheer up!!
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
29 Aug 12
I know what you mean. It's just a matter of perspectives. In my point of view I think man will destroy the world if man won't change his habits.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
27 Aug 12
Hi Jamz, same like your area nowadays i will need to pay for using the plastic bags in my area here. So, i usually would bring along my eco-friendly shopping bags with me, whenever i go shopping in the supermarkets. But, when i go buying fruits and veggies from the wet market, i don't bring any bag with me. Because they always provide free plastic bags to put my fruits and veggies. After i unpacked my veggies and fruits into the refrigerator, i would use those plastic bags for throwing away my rubbish. At least, i don't waste them. I recycle them every time for throwing away my rubbish.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
28 Aug 12
Hi myfb2009, in our supermarkets they make you pay for bags, but if you go in the area of the supermarket where they sell vegetables they can give you for free a little transparent bag for fruits or vegetables. If you go to the greengrocer it happens the same. Me too I still recycle them. In my house everything is reusable Cheers mate!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
29 Aug 12
Same goes for the supermarket that provide veggies, fruits, meat and fish sections in my area here. They provide free transparent plastic bag for storing them. Nowadays, i am trying my best to recycle almost everything in my home, too. I am able to save some money as well, by recycling things that are recyclable...
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@ARIES1973 (9531)
• Legaspi, Philippines
27 Aug 12
Hi jamz! In our country, the use of plastic is being banned especially in our province. So we really have to bring our shopping bags whenever we go to the mall. This is one of the programs of the government to address the present problem of the country with regards to environment.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
27 Aug 12
Hi Aries, I appreciate your country government that is thinking about solution about the enviroment. Our italian government seems not to care very much about this.
@Shavkat (62829)
• Philippines
26 Aug 12
The shopping bags can be useful in other stuff. You need to keep it for future usage. It is also an environmental-friendly thing to do.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
Yes you can use it in many ways, for example it happened to me I used in emergency when It rains and I don't have an umbrella, I put the plastic on my head
• India
26 Aug 12
Hi friend, you are right, we are using the shopping bags to collect the garbage, in some big shopping malls, they are collecting money for the bags, if we keep a bag with us while shopping, we can reduce the unwanted bag expenses, you are right, we never through the shopping bags, it is really useful
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
26 Aug 12
Let's keep our bags and reuse them for the love of our Planet.
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
We don't throw shopping bags, we keep it for garbage too or for other usage. Shopping bags are still free here where I live and I actually like having them. After putting our shopped goods in its storage. I always fold the bags and put it where I keep it. Shopping bags are useful if we only know how to use them. :))
• India
14 Oct 12
In kerala the price of the plastic bags has just raised now. Due to this simple reason many of them started to carry bags with them, before this people including me do not carry it with me. I just used to get it free from the shops. I think this will help our environment a lot.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Only one store around here makes you pay for bags, but you are welcome to bring your own from home. I always forget though, but they do leave items in boxes so if box empties out you are allowed to use it to bring your stuff home in so I usually keep my eye out for nice boxes. I use the plastic grocery bags I get from other stores to pack my husbands lunch in every day. I use the bigger ones as garbage bags for my kitchen garbage, and I use some of the smaller ones for my bathroom and bedroom garbages.
@kaka135 (14099)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 12
In my country, it just started recently to require to pay for the shopping bag in recent two years, but only on Saturdays. I suppose this rule is going to apply for all days, but slowly. I always collect and keep the plastic bags, and use them as rubbish bags, or to pack something. I don't just simply throw them away, as I think it's too wasteful if we simply throw something that can be recycled away. It'll be harmful to the environment.
• Canada
6 Oct 12
I reuse my shopping bags when they give them to us from the grocery market.. I find them useful around the house..put kids toys in the storage, use them as lining for the garbage, etc. Another tip would be to remember to bring them again for reuse next time we go to the market again..
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
28 Sep 12
Any form of recycling and reusing is always a good thing, especially when we are dealing with non biodegradable items like plastic. Unfortunately it is not always so easy to comply with what we know to be the right thing. A few years ago the major supermarkets in the UK stopped giving away cheap carrier bags and offered good quality ones for sale to be used over and over again. I bought several of these, but always ended up returning to the supermarket without one, which made the whole process quite impractical for me. I realise that it is my responsibility to conform in such cases, but I did not plan supermarket visits and never did manage to remember. I was obviously not the only person to do this because the practise was soon abandoned and now cheap carrier bags are given away as before. In many ways this is a pity, but I cannot criticise anyone for failing to reuse their bags because I was as guilty as anyone else.