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Reusable plastic shopping bags are actually making the problem worse, not better
Quartz | December 1, 2019 | ZoŽ Schlanger

Posted on 12/02/2019 9:38:46 AM PST by karpov

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The problem is that reusable bags are much thicker, so that in the UK, where they tax disposable plastic bags, the total amount of plastic used in grocery bags has increased, since so many reusable bags are being sold. Another problem is that Bags for life can pose food poisoning risk. "Bags for life" is the UK politically correct term for reusable plastic bags.
1 posted on 12/02/2019 9:38:46 AM PST by karpov
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That's why I have cloth reusable bags, ones I can clean off with soap and water in a sink.
2 posted on 12/02/2019 9:42:45 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's Economic Cure)
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Imagine what the normal women's handbag holds. And the bottom of your shoes....And how many doorknobs did you touch today?

Germs are everywhere.

Clorox wipes, soap and proper cooking are the solution to just about all the germ problems.

3 posted on 12/02/2019 9:44:11 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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"The bags, the report says, should be banned. Instead, customers could bring their own bags to the market."

Vere ist your bag? You have no bag--guards! Zese men vill ask you some questions. I hope for your sake zat your answers are satisfactory.
4 posted on 12/02/2019 9:50:01 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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Use them for packaged food. None of that celery sticking out of the bag like in the movies.


5 posted on 12/02/2019 9:50:15 AM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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Been using Trader Joe's reusable bags for years. Haven't had to toss one in the garbage because they were torn or soiled to the point we couldn't clean them up.

Have had to replace a few that were either left behind in one of the shopping carts or someone decided to help themselves to taking one from our shopping cart when we happened to walk away for a minute looking for something.

6 posted on 12/02/2019 9:53:14 AM PST by CatOwner
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I switched several years ago to fabric totes I sew myself and sturdy cardboard boxes.

One box is my favorite and has the duct tape on the handles and corners to prove it! I get many compliments on it from Cashiers who tell me they wish everyone would just bring boxes and bags - it makes their life easier and saves the store overhead by not having to purchase paper and plastic bags.

I still own my Grandma’s ‘Market Basket’ which she took with us when we went to the Municipal Market back in the day to buy veggies we hadn’t grown ourselves or a live chicken for Sunday Supper!

Gee. I wonder which Eco-Nazi Law I’m breaking by doing what I do?

*SMIRK*


7 posted on 12/02/2019 9:59:20 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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Somehow I don’t think cloth/canvas is going to be any better to clean than slick plastic. Actually, no, it’s worse. Just that if you have cloth it is “biodegradable” whereas plastic is not.


8 posted on 12/02/2019 10:00:01 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs)
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I just ask for paper grocery bags. The products sit nicer in them and they stack better.

At home I use them to line trash cans, start charcoal chimneys, carry items to other locations, and . . . I always bring a handful when traveling to Calizuela.


9 posted on 12/02/2019 10:01:04 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (BLACK LIVES MAGA)
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The only way to carry $70 dollars worth of groceries from the car to the house is with plastic bags.


10 posted on 12/02/2019 10:03:35 AM PST by Rebelbase
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You have to REUSE a reusable bag 132 times before you reach any carbon/environmental benefit over using the film bags...

The cost of manufacture and transport mean, if you don’t use the reusable bag at least 132 times, you were better off using the film disposable bags...

Now, the reusable bags, have their other issues like becoming contaminated etc... as well.

Its a “feel good” thing, not a real solution, to use re-useable bags.


11 posted on 12/02/2019 10:03:52 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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I like the disposable ones the stores supply. They are very useful, and the ones I don’t need I just burn. The trees love me for it.


12 posted on 12/02/2019 10:04:12 AM PST by cuban leaf (The political war playing out in every country now: Globalists vs Nationalists)
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We should do it like all the other third world countries and just have women and kids bring stuff back from the store in baskets balanced on their heads.


13 posted on 12/02/2019 10:04:25 AM PST by fruser1
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The plastic bags are good for picking up dog poop.


14 posted on 12/02/2019 10:06:19 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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I have cloth bags labeled for Save Mart and WinCo Foods. Have no problem keeping them clean—I just wash them in a sink with warm, soapy water and then air dry them.


15 posted on 12/02/2019 10:06:36 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's Economic Cure)
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At home I use them to line trash cans, start charcoal chimneys, carry items to other locations, and . . . I always bring a handful when traveling to Calizuela.

In Calizuela, we can buy the paper bags for 10 cents. They have a lot uses as you noted.


16 posted on 12/02/2019 10:07:38 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Lincoln: The Founders did not make America racist or slaver. They inherited it that way!)
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Fry’s Food (Kroger) in AZ offers them for free.


17 posted on 12/02/2019 10:10:28 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (BLACK LIVES MAGA)
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“someone decided to help themselves to taking one from our shopping cart when we happened to walk away for a minute looking for something.”

2 weeks ago someone stole my cloth bag while I was shopping. They had to move some heavy bottles/containers to get to them.


18 posted on 12/02/2019 10:10:46 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Lincoln: The Founders did not make America racist or slaver. They inherited it that way!)
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I used to use those bags for the trash. No more. So I bought some trash bags, made out of plastic, which go into the dump the exact same way that the old bags did.

Politicians, stop trying to control us!


19 posted on 12/02/2019 10:11:25 AM PST by I want the USA back (If free speech is taken away, dumb and silent we are led, like sheep to the slaughter: G Washington)
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Up to the 1960s here and much later in Europe, mesh bags were common. They were good for everything, even carrying live chickens (did that). Easy to clean in the sink. Very little material used.


20 posted on 12/02/2019 10:16:10 AM PST by IndispensableDestiny
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