Do You Use Reusable Shopping Bags?

@artemeis (4070)
China
October 20, 2015 12:41am CST
Since plastic bags have been found to be environmentally unfriendly and hazardous, I wonder how many of you have changed to using recyclable bags or repeat using the plastic bag you last purchased with your visit to the supermarket? In both cases, do you clean wash them after each use or you simply keep it aside without care till the next use? I read from CNET and just learned that these shopping bags are found to be one of our dirtiest personal possessions where and I quote: "Researchers at two universities recently found nasty bacteria in 99 percent of the reusable bags they tested; 8 percent carried E. coli and with signs of fecal contamination. Yikes! Time to wash your shopping bags? Image courtesy of digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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@SIMPLYD (81688)
• Philippines
20 Oct 15
Here In our province , we use reusable bag , which i always have , folded , in my bag . We call it Eco-bag . I do wash it when i see that it's a bit dirty already .
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
22 Oct 15
It is advised that we should wash it after each use considering what we are carrying with it. So, I'm just taking the precautions here. Better be safe than sorry.
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@Beatburn (3904)
• Philippines
11 Nov 15
Oh my. I should wash some of them. Thanks for posting this.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
11 Nov 15
@Beatburn For your own good and the health of your family I believe you have to, we just never know how hazardously fatal these bacteria can be.
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@wiLLmaH (8236)
• Singapore, Singapore
20 Oct 15
We are still using plastic bags here in Singapore.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
22 Oct 15
This is sad since environment protection organizations are trying to discourage the use of these bags. These bags will just end up as trash bags and through waste disposal (current) will just left to destroy the environment.
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@wiLLmaH (8236)
• Singapore, Singapore
22 Oct 15
@artemeis We do not have land fields in here. We have Incineration Plants
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@gudheart (12742)
24 Oct 15
@artemeis It is a new thing recently introduced here in the UK to prevent people wasting bags. So we have to pay for the ones we use now.
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• United States
5 Nov 15
If the germs from those infections are that bad then of course sanitize the re-useable bags in hot water and baking soda and then dry in your dryer. Although I often wonder how a persons immune system is ever going to stay strong when germaphobia is such a common fear ?
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
6 Nov 15
I can understand the angle you are coming from, however I believe there are really some nasty avoidable bacteria we need to be aware of. So, I believe we should just be wary of it and take the necessary precautions here.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
11 Nov 15
@enlightenedpsych2 exactly..I think today folks are getting to extreme with the whole germ thing and there is more illness and disease than ever. While one may want to be sanitary, we don't want to go to extremes..our body needs contact with germs to create the anti-bodies and keep a healthy immune system
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
20 Oct 15
Wow that's awful. Here I just make my own shopping bags out of left over material. Each time I shop I put them in the wash. I think your right. If you think about it and you buy meat or fish or chicken and it leaks then you reuse the bag yuck. I would rather wash mine after every use. This is great to know how dirty they really are.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
20 Oct 15
@poehere I did not really realize this since I don't do much of the wet market shopping for fresh meats since my in-laws do not frozen meat in their meals. However, I could see my mother-in-law just folding it up and put it into one of the kitchen cabinet without first washing it. I have to admit that after reading this I just sneaked into the kitchen and soaked it in a basin of hot water and detergent to wash it.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
20 Oct 15
@artemeis I think I would do the same if I actually used recycled plastic bag. but considering I use cloth I keep them clean in the washing machine after every use.
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@firef1y (78)
20 Oct 15
Yes I reuse them, but mostly as bin bags.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
20 Oct 15
I would use the used plastic bags as trash bags or something to hold those cut up veggies, fruits or meats i.e. peels, unwanted gizzards and etc.
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@gudheart (12742)
24 Oct 15
It is a norm here now as supermarkets no longer give away free bags.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
24 Oct 15
Neither do they encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. It is true they do not give away free bags but for a small amount shoppers can get various sizes of the plastic bags.
@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
11 Nov 15
@artemeis We can buy "bags for life" which the store will replace when they get torn, they only cost about 10 pence
• Canada
22 Oct 15
I have several cloth shopping bags that I use when I remember to bring them into the store. I do wash them, though not after each use.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
24 Oct 15
Well I hope you will wash them more frequently, at least after each use. This really caught me by surprise so I've been more wary here.
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@Macarrosel (7541)
• Philippines
22 Oct 15
Ewww that's disgusting news. Anyway, I used recycled bags and I really clean and wash them before using back again. Thanks for the information.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
22 Oct 15
My exact sentiments and like you it was shocking to learn. So with this I'm simply more wary of what to do.
• Preston, England
20 Oct 15
Our government has recently imposed a tax that forces shoppers to pay for new carrier bags so most shoppers now reuse old bags here. I carry a canvas bag with me most of the time anyway.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
22 Oct 15
It is sad that my country does not discourage the use of these eco-unfriendly plastic bags. Shoppers are just asked to pay according to the size needed for their purchases and since the amount is insignificant most shoppers just does not mind. I think this taxation is a really good idea where the amount will be significant enough for due consideration. People just need a pinch to start considering.
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@tuttiharris (1342)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
11 Nov 15
@artemeis (2347), I do use reusable shopping bags, and when I do get meat or veggies that are not pre-bagged, I do ask them to put them in a plastic bag before putting it in the cloth bag. Some of my bags are not cloth, and can be washed out with a damp cloth, they are waterproof I think I had heard this about cloth bags being full of germs, so I started washing the cloth ones. I just throw them in the washing machine.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
11 Nov 15
Like the majority here, you are quite conscientious as far as hygiene is concern and I am just glad to learn this. Bacteria these days are becoming more hazardous and more rampant. We just cannot afford to be ignorant or have a lapse here.
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• Canada
28 Oct 15
In general every time I go to the store I just buy what I can hold in my hands...so, no:)
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
6 Nov 15
Well, you are living alone and a handful is just sufficient for you. But, I hope you do not encounter pickpockets while you are having your hands preoccupied with the shopped items.
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@PainsOnSlate (20423)
• Canada
24 Oct 15
I do use reusable bags because the plastic bags in Canada cost money now. I don't wash them but I will consider it in the future. I never put anything in the bag that is not covered first.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
25 Oct 15
I suppose this article has brought in some new perspectives and issues to be considered. It also shows how much potential danger we are in with our seeming environment.
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@just4him (124506)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Oct 15
No, I don't re-use bags unless I'm going to Aldi's.
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
24 Oct 15
Hope this will bring about some awareness.
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@jstory07 (69333)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Oct 15
I leave mine in my car. I think I am going to wash them out and spray them with Lysol after each use.
@artemeis (4070)
• China
22 Oct 15
I'm glad that this did create some awareness here as it did for me. Like you, I will be washing it after each use but will not be spraying Lysol since this is quite expensive in my country to have.
@dorianna (512)
• United States
11 Nov 15
I do still use the plastic. If we listen to researchers there would be absolutely nothing we could use, consume or inhale. I use them mostly for trash bags where germs will already exist anyway. Besides, germs are necessary to keep an immune system working properly. One must come in contact with germs in order for the body to naturally produce the anti-body.
@artemeis (4070)
• China
11 Nov 15
I hope you will consider using recyclable bags because the plastic ones are potentially dangerous and damaging to the environment when they are not properly dealt with during disposal. Also our bodies can never overcome E-coli or Salmonella with our antibodies alone. So, we just have to be wary and do the necessary.
@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
11 Nov 15
Yes indeed , we can be too clean. but poultry , and meat can harbour dangerous pathogens
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
11 Nov 15
@Auntylou true, but I have never been over-concerned about the germs It isn't like the raw meat is touching the plastic bag..now if blood from a meat package should drip of course I would not reuse that bag..just not a fanatic about it
@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
11 Nov 15
Yes I do and mine are clean!
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@artemeis (4070)
• China
11 Nov 15
I have come to realize that we can never afford to be careless on this one. The bacteria mentioned are really very dangerous.