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Will You Carry Your Groceries In Reusable Bags?

Last week the city of San Francisco announced the ban of all plastic grocery bags. I've always chosen paper over plastic because they don't dig into the tender skins on the palm of your hands and was happy to learn that my choice was also the more environmentally correct option. Then on Saturday when I was making a cake my mom was in the kitchen reading the new Time magazine aloud to me (my family is big on reading aloud) going over the 51 steps we could take to make the world a greener place. Halfway through she mentioned carrying reusable totes as grocery bags and we got to talking about the ban on plastic baggies. Fast forward a few hours and my bff Emily shows up at dinner with a surprise for me. It's called a chicobag, and it's a reusable grocery bag that folds up and fits into a tiny bag that will easily slide unnoticed into your oversized everyday Marc Jacobs purse. I'm really excited about being able to do my part to help save the world from global warming and wonder will you carry your groceries in reusable bags?

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amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Totally! I have a Paul & Joe bag that folds up into a six-inch by three-inch rectangle but is huge when it unfolds. It was a free gift from the cosmetic line and looks useful for grocery shopping!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
unfortunately i dont, but looking into it
appreciated appreciated 10 years
Like I said before I'm all for reusable bags...but I'm not going to buy a bunch then waste them picking up dog doo doo. There aren't any other bags like plastic bags that are cheap and get the job done. Someone should invent cheap doggie doo doo and earth friendly bags. haha
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I live in Ireland and plastic bags are only available here for a price so most people bring their own reuseable bag or got without a bag. Its a great idea.
Leoschoice Leoschoice 10 years
I live in France, and in most grocery stores, they don't have plastic bags anymore. They sell reusable bags instead. What bothers me the most is the double profit these stores make: first, they don't have to provide plastic bags for the clients anymore (and save the cost of them) but second, they sell reusable bags and make a profit out of it ! All this, in the name of the protection of the environment... I'm all for doing my part to save the world, but shouldn't they either sell those reusable bags the cost price, of give them for free ?
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 10 years
I live in Cape Town South Africa where most people use reusable totes that are made of polypropolene (looks like a durable mesh). If you forget to bring them stores here charge you like a few cents to buy some plastic ones at checkout but it's generally not done. Good for the environment and, in the long term if youre a frequent grocery shopper, your wallet.
JacksMom JacksMom 10 years
I have been carrying reusable canvas totes for years. they are washable (we have 10)and they carry much more than plastic bags. I have to admit that when I forget them i feel guilty...another plus: you get 5 cents off for each bag when you bring your own.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I was already considering using re-usable bags so if they banned plastic here it wont bother me. Thousands and thousands of plastic bags are used and thrown away everyday. Even if you reuse the plastic bag it still is ending up in landfills. So why not just re-use a cloth bag?
appreciated appreciated 10 years
I agree cravinsugar! I do not understand why people have to throw their garbage out the car window when they could hold onto it for awhile and throw it in a garbage. At the drive thru of the fast food place I work...there will be garbage thrown out of the passenger window directly across from the garbage can that's beside the driver. It's ridiculous!!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
No, because I don't want to pay for them. I understand why they charge, but plastic bags are free.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I don't get it either cravinsugar... sometimes people just DON'T think about the effects of what could happen to that piece of trash they throw out... whether it be tomorrow or several (and even thousands) of years from now
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Why do people litter? I make sure to cut all plastic rings that little birdies could get caught round their necks, but I will never understand why someone thinks it approppriate to throw their trash and garbage out the window... _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
SU3 SU3 10 years
They may be pricey but you end up reusing them over and over which think about it... ends up saving the environment tons more :)
SU3 SU3 10 years
Plastic bags do effect the environment in that they aren't biodegradable. They get buried in landfills or garbage dumps and it takes yeeears for the material to break down and even end up contaminating the soil and water. And A LOT of plastic bags end up as litter in the environment therefore killing thousands of mammals in the water that may mistake them for food. Think whales, dolphins, sea turtles.... Not to mention the 12 million barrels of oil used each year to produce plastic shopping bags. (AND 14 million number of trees used annually to produce paper shopping bags) Although I do think it's a great idea that you end up re-using them (as garbage liners)... but they still do effect everything around us. I am not one to preach but a little does go a loooong way. :) For more information and or tips check out
misspoli misspoli 10 years
Great idea!! We have these bags in Brazil too, but they are very expensive... ************************************************************* "To be or not to be: That is the question!" William Shakespeare
appreciated appreciated 10 years
I would be all for doing my part...But I need plastic bags for my doggie's doo doo. We live on private property so I have to pick it up everytime. They all just go in one garbage bag...but I need them for that. I don't really get how those bags can really affect the environment so much? Maybe I'm just not thinking outside the box but wouldn't they be the same as normal garbage bags?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I have to be honest. if the store is going to provide the reusable bags at little cost-maybe. but in reality no. I use those little plastic baggies over again...i uset hem for my lunches, in lieu of trash bags (which is a great way to keep garbage out of your kitchen since you will almost fill up at least one a day...then i just drop them down the garbage chute). I think it is commendable if you use reusable bags, but how much of an effect do these plastic grocery bags really have on the environment? And will it indeed make a difference? I am sure not every store will ban the plastic bags, and until they won't matter. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
llendril llendril 10 years
i bought a trader joe's reusable bag and use it every time i shop there. to encourage reusable bags, whenever they put your groceries in it, you get a raffle ticket for a drawing that month!
esk4 esk4 10 years
but I already re-use my plastic bags for so many things
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I am a big fan of reusable bags, because they are also MUCH easier and more comfortable to carry when you are schlepping through the city.
Oread Oread 10 years
I need more reuseable bags actually... I have two of the platform bottom ones now, but I still need more bags to carry everything (although those bags get used for the dog, so I guess its a win-win).
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