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Plastic grocery bags on the way out? (Poll)

submitted on June 12, 2012 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge"
It looks like a lot of localities are banning plastic bags lately. I personally think scrapping all single-use grocery bags is the right thing to do, they are a terrible polluter. But then I am the "extreme" type that would scrap all holiday gift wrapping as well. Twisted

What is your take on the recent wave of news?



Related news:
Los Angeles - http://www.businessweek.com/ap.....V3HC00.htm
Chicago - http://eponline.com/blogs/envi.....-them.aspx
Toronto - http://news.nationalpost.com/2.....ping-bags/
1. Are single use grocery bags evil?
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2. Do you want your town ban them?
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  • 153074
    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on June 12, 2012
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    Why not save yourself the hassle and purchase a re-usable bag for a $1 at most retailers? The money is a well spent effort towards "going green". Mr Green
  • 153077
    clover
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    Posted by clover on June 12, 2012
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    Is it bad that I save the Sunday funny paper sections to wrap gifts in? I re-gift gift bags (just make sure you lose the gift tag that is attached to the bag!) I am trying harder to remember to take my cloth bags in with me in to the stores.
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    • roxytang
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      Posted by roxytang on June 13, 2012
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      I do the same thing (when it comes to re-using gift bags) The closet in my office is full of gift wrapping bags, tissue, etc. None of which I paid for.
  • 153078
    pravallika
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    Posted by pravallika on June 12, 2012
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    I always have cloth bags in my hangbag.
  • 153085
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on June 12, 2012
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    It is nice when you shop certain places in CA and the host clerk thinks you look like a newbie to the area and they most graciously tell you that they charge for paper/plastic bags or you can purchase an eco-bag for $1.
  • 153092
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on June 12, 2012
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    I think your Sunday paper gift wrap and re-gifting ideas are both creative and responsible, clover, and the recipients will enjoy getting something that shows so much thought. I like to do the same. I also have a huge collection of reusable grocery bags, most of which I have acquired as promotional freebies. One of the best ones I ever got is a large insulated bag for cold or frozen foods with a zipper around the top, posted on Buxr, of course! Big Grin Artistic - http://www.buxr.com/deal/free-.....-bag_43150
    A few of our local stores promote the use of your own bags by crediting you a nickel or more per bag. CVS still honors their tag system for 25 cents extra-bucks credit every time you use it when you shop there. http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/prom.....ingId=1160
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on June 12, 2012
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      Because of this post I remembered to bring my cloth bags in to Publix, Target & Walgreen's today. Thanks Yan!
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on June 12, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      You are welcome! Glad I could help Smile
  • 153100
    siggy38
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    Posted by siggy38 on June 12, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    We have been using re-usable bags for some time now. We keep them in the car all the time so they are always ready to use... Just have to remember to put them back in the car after unloading at home.
  • 153103
    mooncow728
    professor
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    Posted by mooncow728 on June 12, 2012
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    Between getting my kids, the diaper bag, making sure they aren't taking things in the store that they shouldn't, and trying to remember simple things like keys and money, I just can never remember to grab the reusable bags. I do try, don't get me wrong but it just doesn't happen often, even when they are in my trunk. I've just learned to reuse the grocery bags I do get so it doesn't make as much as an environmental impact. For instance, I rarely buy trash bags and instead use grocery bags. I wrap breakables such as Christmas ornaments in them and anything else I can think of. I know it's still not the best in the world but at least I'm trying.
  • 153149
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 12, 2012
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    Yep, I have the same problem, I can never remember to put the bags back into the trunk of my car. This is why I want my village to ban plastic bags. I will then have no choice but to remember to do it.

    After all, I learned to always plug my phone into the charger at the end of the day. Yes, it didn't happen right away, it died on me more than once before I got into a habit of charging it daily.

    My point is, I can do it given the right incentive.... Human kind is inherently lazy, we just need the right nudge here and there...
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on June 13, 2012
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      I think a good way of phasing out bags might be just to add a surcharge to your order if you don't bring bags. They give money to people for remembering to bring them so why not charge those who don't? The stores could offset the loss from bags but I think more people would do something if they got charged even say $1 everytime. I think they would have to make it the same charge no matter how much you got though or the places that have cashiers bag would have problems with people saying the cashier used too many or something though.

      I agree with people being lazy but sometimes it's not just that. I know since I moved a few months ago that I've been talking my kids on more walks and we typically don't buy much so I can pack it in the diaper bag but occasionally we stumble on a garage sale or something too and it's nice to know I can get a bag at a store if I buy something there really quick. I know this isn't the norm for most people but I'm weird, what can I say?
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on June 13, 2012
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      I made a trip to Germany and India recently, and both countries have a plastic bag surcharge in grocery/drug stores, but not in certain other stores (electronics, handicrafts - but those bags are the thicker, reusable kind).
      I think the surcharge for plastic bags (and discount for using your own bags - i.e. the proverbial carrot-and-stick) is a very good idea.
  • 153212
    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on June 13, 2012
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    Our local grocer actual will discount your total bill by $0.05 (5 cents) per re-usable bag, so the incentive is there. I just wish I could always remember my bags even if they are in the car or truck. I can always remember the grocery list, maybe lucky if I bring the coupons; but you would think saving (insert number of bags x .05 here) would be a sure thing.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on June 13, 2012
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      Whole Foods gives you 10¢ back if you bring in a cloth bag. They always ask me if I want to donate my 10¢ and I say "No, I will use it towards my gas.....15 miles to get here and you are out of my 365 Mayo again!!!!!! Yikes I need to go get a glass of wine so I will quit whining!!!! Cool
  • 153306
    manish16111
    learner
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    Posted by manish16111 on June 14, 2012
    [reply] 1 0
    I have recently developed this habit of bringing my cloth bags with me while shopping(Thanks to stores like ALDI which dont give you any bags for your stuff ) and I feel good about that having contributed my lil bit towards Greener Environment. And where ever I get plastic bags I reuse them for my trash bins Big Grin
  • 153440
    fleurette
    learner
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    Posted by fleurette on June 15, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I am all in favor of the reusable bags for grocery shopping, but it's a little bit awkward walking into the lingerie department with the cloth contraption. I find it's cumbersome to go through racks of garments with a bag in tow, and I worry that store security will think I'm shoplifting. Why don't we just return to the more environmentally friendly paper bags at department stores?
  • 153819
    shawndiaz
    beginner
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    Posted by shawndiaz on June 20, 2012
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    12-year old Illinois girl goes up against Big Plastic and Governor Quinn to ban plastic bags. Read her story and the petition here: http://www.change.org/petition.....NGbDzbZVPp
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    • clover
      professor
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      Posted by clover on June 20, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks Shawn! I signed and I feel good about it! Cool
  • 156365
    ipurcure4u
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    Posted by ipurcure4u on July 21, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    After seeing the slave laborers loose their arms a monthly
    accorance, I have trader joe reusable bags. Red Face
  • 156366
    ipurcure4u
    learner
    4 1
    Posted by ipurcure4u on July 21, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Slave labors make those plastic bags.

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