Plastic Bags or Paper Bags.....it is Tough.!!!

@nupats (3564)
India
July 27, 2008 6:27am CST
Today we received a circular from our administrative office they have banned the use of plastic bags at all...all vegetable vendors and grocers have been asked to stop giving out plastic bags with immediate effects...i bought some apples and on my way home the paper bag tore and all the apples scattered on the road...i got drenched in the rain trying to pick them...plastic bags were so convenient to use...what do you use plastic bags or paper bags..Why? do you find paper bags convenient for carrying stuff?
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33 responses
@LimoChang (193)
• China
27 Jul 08
i usually use the cloth bag,it's much convient and hard to be torn apart.Anyway ,doing what we can for the environment protection.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@bdugas (3578)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I think some times they pack the plastic bags a little too full, I like the handles on plastic bags, I shop at a store that you have to sack your own, and I find paper bags are useful for putting in boxes of items like macroni, etc, can goods are hard to carry no matter which bag they are sacked in, too many in a paper bag and it splits. I reuse the plastic bags for lining small wastepaper baskets at home, the work as good as a store bought trash bag.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
that sounds good dear..now that it is banned here.. today i went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I will not use paper! Here, the glue they use attracts roaches in the plants they make them in and you'll likely carry the bugs or eggs into your house with a paper bag. I would use my own cloth bags before I would use paper! Make yourself some cloth bags. It's not hard, just some scrap material and sew it together on three ends, leaving one end open. Sew on a handle and there you go, a nice strong bag that won't break when wet! If you don't sew, ask your laundry lady if she does and pay her to make you a few.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear ..i did not know that glue attracts roaches..thanx for that input..i do not know sewing so today i went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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• United States
27 Jul 08
We are still able to use recycable plastic bage here where I live. They are very convienient. I never like paper bags for yes they do tear very easily. It's to bad your ripped on you the way that it did and you got drenched in the rain. I know I would have not been happy with that. I know some people use a canvas bag some people use to put their groceries into have you tried one of those for the little things like when you get apples or any thing small? My friend has two of them and it never dawned on me til I saw her with them. Try to make the best out of those paper bags and may they not tear as much on you good luck and take care.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..so no more tearing accidents for me..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@karjyo (830)
• India
27 Jul 08
Plastic bags are a lot more convenient than paper bags but i still try to use paper bags as plastic is non biodegradable. Our little convenience (of using plastic bags) can cost a lot to our future generations and our planet.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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27 Jul 08
I generally use paper bags or cloth bags as they're better for the environment... Yes plastic bags are easy to use but so are cloth bags... the problem with paper bags is like you said they break to easily and are rubbish to use when raining... So i generally carry a cloth bag with me when i go out incase i need to use it
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@biggerb (2024)
• India
27 Jul 08
I fully understand what you have been through.Its high time we all realized the bad effects plastic bags have and we all switched over to a better alternative.Its better that you carry a cloth bag with you when you go shopping.Paper bags are good but when its heavy stuff or when it gets wet they easily fall apart.Cloth bags are a better choice.These plastic bags keep accumulating and there is no way it can be disposed.,these plastic bags go and block the drains and when there is a heavy rain all roads are flooded.Its only when a disaster occurs that we all sit and think about it.If people start thinking and acting more cautiously then we can save our environment.No one can change things overnight its up to each one of us to act and do our part to save our planet.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear well said and i agree with you..today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
28 Jul 08
Hi Dear Plastic bags are no doubt conveniet as they are of less weight, strong, easy to handle, but on the same side while producing thios , it emit CFC gases which are not good for society as well as Distrubing Ozone Layer around the planet earth and letting radiotion from SUN come in, they dont get disolve easily so mis handling can lead them in drainage systen hence blocking it, People burm them, its harmfull too So Proper papaer bag or Fabric bags are good Unfortunately we are also using Plastic Bags, Though now Gov is taking some actions but not that Strict Take care
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@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
29 Jul 08
Thats really nice iof U Keep it up
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
• India
27 Jul 08
yes plastic bags are really good to use in terms of convenience but they are very bad for our nature and they have many bad effects on our environment as they don't dissolve in the soil(i can't explain more technically) ... its a really good rule to be passed actually but i guess it will cause some inconvenience to the public.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@parthag (145)
• India
27 Jul 08
The ban regarding the use of plastic bags are because plastic bags not biodegradable. This bags easily clogs the path of drains and underground sewerage causing blockage in the free flow of dirty water. In Mumbai city there was huge accumulation of water in the streets due to heavy monsoon rains. During the cleaning operation 17 thousand tons of plastic bags were found jamming the sewerage lines. Single ply paper bags can tear of easily instead one can use 2/3 ply paper bags. One can also use jute bags instead.A cost impact is their. But the realization of not to use plastic bag should come from the consumer.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
very well said dear..i fully agree with what you say.. today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@Elixiress (3878)
27 Jul 08
I think it is stupid that the only option is a paper bag, because as you have mentioned when it rains it is completely useless. I do not mind using a paper bag during sunny days or days where it is dry, but if it is raining then I might as well carry my stuff in my arms. I understand it is for the environment, but it is not practical in the rain.
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@Elixiress (3878)
28 Jul 08
That is a good idea. I tend to use reusable plastic bags, they are made of stronger plastic, so they do not rip as easily. They also tend to be a little bigger. We have a few stored in the car for different stores, as many stores reward you for using them.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again as the only choice they gave us was paper bag..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I'm so old that I remember when they only had paper bags. Back then, if you bought heavy grocery items, they would double bag them. My parents used double bags in the trash cans too, but I think any sloppy stuff being thrown out was put in a coffee can first. I always hated the plastic bags, but used them. Lately, they're so poorly made that the bottoms fall out. Paper or cloth is my preference now.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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28 Jul 08
I have recently bought an `everlasting1 shopping bag,as many stores around here are now withdrawing the sale of plastic carrier bags.I can understand as they have had a lot of pressure to ditch the plastic bag,a paper bag is fine and biodegradable,until it rains,and then you have a disintegrated bag.But my new shopper bag is a very good thing,but I have to remember to take it with me.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful and stylish cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
@eihdra (3115)
• Philippines
27 Jul 08
We used both..but since my husband and i wanna make a difference in our own little way to save our Mother Earth, we stopped using plastic nor paper bags when doing our groceries.. Plastic is non biodegradable and most paper comes from lots of trees that has to be cut down, which results to landslides..So, both can do so much harm to the planet.. Supermarkets in our area supports the "save the Earth" movements or organizations, so they are now encouraging shoppers to use a "re-usable" bag. You have to buy a few pieces if you are a heavy shopper. But, at least,You can use and re-use it for many other purposes, groceries, fruits and many others. Unlike plastic, It's biodegradable..It won't tear just like what happened to your paper bag.. it is really tough when you have to choose between plastic and paper bag because they can both destroy the earth. But if there are other alternatives that would not harm mother Earth, i would gladly use it..
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear very well written..today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@venkygec (783)
• India
27 Jul 08
Plastic bags were stopped in our place about 1 year before.. But still i find so many people selling and also carrying plastic bags... I think the reason is since its very difficult... But i have also seen some people change to cloth bags.. I use cloth bag to bring vegetables.. but i dint stop using plastic bags..he he
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..here they have fined the shopkeepers who were secretly giving plastic bags and people accepting plastic bags..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@izathewzia (5134)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
It is really hard using paper bags alone. because not all things can be carried by it. Unlike plastic bags. But paper bag is more environment friendly. So we can do nothing but follow for the sake of a safer environment.
@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@vicky30 (4766)
• India
28 Jul 08
I use plastic Bags.Paper bags get wet in the rain and will easily tear.I dont think a paper bag is convenient.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@TessWhite (3146)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Actually, I no longer use either thankfully. To me its too hard on our planet to spread all this plastic around and turn trees into shopping bags. I bought about a dozen reuseable cloth grocery bags they sold at the store. I keep those in my car and use them for all my shopping now. They are much sturdier and hold more too. I think they should ban all plastic bags everywhere. If nothing else go back to paper, at least it isn't bad for the environment and landfills.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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• India
28 Jul 08
Well..i prefer to use paper bags to plastics as they are biofriendly...and are easily degradable...
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear i had terrible time with paper bags so today i also went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
27 Jul 08
Plastic bags are more convenient.Plastic bags are not strictly banned. Actually there are also green plastic bags, but you should pay for it, just not as you can get it freely as ever. In a way, we can't live without plastic in a short run. As the prohibition is enforced, there will be substitutions and we will get accustomed to them.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
28 Jul 08
hi dear today i went and bought some beautiful cloth bags from the market..i do not wish to get stuck in a similar situation again as the only substitution they had given were paper bags..and yes this is the least i can do as a small contribution in saving our environment..thank you for writing in and have a nice day..
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