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post #21 of 78
I love my cloth bags. I bought the first kind that came out around here, green ones from Save-on-foods. If there's even a logo on them, it's VERY small. I like that.

I wouldn't be caught dead with one of Walmart's new reusable bags :

My main grocery store, Superstore, has a "bin" program. You pay $4/bin if you want them, and they fit perfectly in the grocery cart (including two that attach down by your feet if you want). Then you take your groceries home in bins! I love it
post #22 of 78
It can happen little by little: read this

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...p/22/recycling

I've been making tote bags for friends and they really like them.
post #23 of 78
i had a checker at Target tell me that if i refused the bag, i would not be allowed to return or exchange the item should i so desire to later on. I politely asked how he would know when i was standing in the return line, if i had taken a bag at the original purchase time??? he stammereds, and said, well, if you get the idem dirty on the way to your car, then you can't return it. ok buddy...got it...won't get it dirty. lol
post #24 of 78
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Originally Posted by abharrington View Post
i had a checker at Target tell me that if i refused the bag, i would not be allowed to return or exchange the item should i so desire to later on. I politely asked how he would know when i was standing in the return line, if i had taken a bag at the original purchase time??? he stammereds, and said, well, if you get the idem dirty on the way to your car, then you can't return it. ok buddy...got it...won't get it dirty. lol
That's a new one -- I thought I've heard them all!!
post #25 of 78
I knew I wasn't the only one who gave the bagger a little lecture about bagging the groceries
If they bag them ( 3 small tins of beans in a bag say, ) I will always just shove a load of stuff on top. They will then more often than not tell me that it will be heavy, and I just keep on adding to their "full" bags, but tell them what a waste of resources etc they are. I do say it in a nice way, as they are helping to pack my groceries, which i fully appreciate, but it doesn't hurt to spread the word!!!

I shop at a very very discount supermarket chain, where you have to pay for your carriage ( you get the depsoit back at the end when you return it, and you also have to pay for shopping bags. Many people bring their own.
That is much the way that it is in the UK also.
post #26 of 78
I'm just outside of Vancouver and most stores are okay with cloth bags. One grocery store in particular encourages it. They charge you for each plastic bag you use. They sell plastic bins and cloth bags there specifically for packing your groceries in. The bread outlet store down the street now gives you a slight discount as well for each cloth bag you bring in to pack your stuff in.
post #27 of 78
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Originally Posted by ella-makes-3 View Post
I knew I wasn't the only one who gave the bagger a little lecture about bagging the groceries
If they bag them ( 3 small tins of beans in a bag say, ) I will always just shove a load of stuff on top. They will then more often than not tell me that it will be heavy, and I just keep on adding to their "full" bags, but tell them what a waste of resources etc they are. I do say it in a nice way, as they are helping to pack my groceries, which i fully appreciate, but it doesn't hurt to spread the word!!!

I shop at a very very discount supermarket chain, where you have to pay for your carriage ( you get the depsoit back at the end when you return it, and you also have to pay for shopping bags. Many people bring their own.
That is much the way that it is in the UK also.
I used to be a bagger like 11 years ago. These new baggers sure don't put very much in one bag. I always start stuffing more in my bags so they don't use any other bags besides the ones I brought. I just start doing it, I don't mind heavy bags either.
post #28 of 78
At the grocery store where i go the bagger, an elderly gentleman, told me that my cloth bags were a bad idea because meat would get germs in them and get all over everything. : I didn't even buy meat that day.
post #29 of 78
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Originally Posted by DBZ View Post
I'm seriously considering painting over the store logos. I hate advertising a store.
painting over them is a good idea! I don't like that either! I haven't gotten any with a store name on it..I just use chico bags or homemade..
post #30 of 78
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At the grocery store where i go the bagger, an elderly gentleman, told me that my cloth bags were a bad idea because meat would get germs in them and get all over everything. : I didn't even buy meat that day.
Hrm....heard of a washing machine, sir?
post #31 of 78
I sew straps onto older pillowcases (sew the open end together, then double it over into itself & stitch the strap onto the open ends, like any bag - or for extra support, bring the strap around & under the whole bag, then stitch around all sides of the strap) & *usually* get the pity look. Which I give them right back of course.

Um, okaaay, I'm too poor(?) weird(?) treehugger(?) progressive(?????) to want your thin piece of smelly plastic that will break if more than two items are in it? whateveh
post #32 of 78
I haven't had too much trouble getting people to put stuff in my cloth bags... when I remember. It's always me who forgets them at home, in the car, OVER MY SHOULDER in the checkout lane. :

It's a new habit. I always get so flustered at the checkout, with the baby wiggling and me trying to find coupons and cash (we budget using cash in envelopes). It will happen. Someday I will be a model of sustainable living.
post #33 of 78
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I haven't had too much trouble getting people to put stuff in my cloth bags... when I remember. It's always me who forgets them at home, in the car, OVER MY SHOULDER in the checkout lane. :

It's a new habit. I always get so flustered at the checkout, with the baby wiggling and me trying to find coupons and cash (we budget using cash in envelopes). It will happen. Someday I will be a model of sustainable living.
Same here. The secret? We keep several in each car, so we have one for that quick stop! All you need to do is hang them on the front door knob after unloading, and the next time you go out, viola! Toss em in the trunk!
post #34 of 78
Weird. I've never had that problem.

I have to remind myself to bring my bags. Usually I'm rushing in and out of the store.

Fortunately in Canada the Loblaws chain of grocery stores has a new policy that each reusable bag that is brought into the store receives 50 free PC points in addition to the regular 10 points per dollar spent. Great if you collect them. With 10,000 PC points you can get $10 off your grocery bill! And they add up quickly.
post #35 of 78
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I take my TJ and other chain bags to whatever store I happen to be going to. No reason I need to advertise for the store I happen to be shopping in.
Me too!

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And they NEVER fill them full enough! It's not your crappy plastic bag, dude! It won't break if you put 4 jugs of oj in there!
I usually have to tell them they can put/fit more in the bag. They're usually worried that the bag will be too heavy.

When we lived on Long Island we shopped at Trader Joe's, so we have lots of their bags, but where we live now, there aren't any TJ's near us, we really miss TJ's. Now we shop at Wegman's (love their natural food/natural product section, it's pretty big), they encourage cloth/reusable bag use, and I see quite a few people there using reusable bags, so the cashiers are pretty used to it.
post #36 of 78
We use cloth bags when grocery shopping but I always forget to take them when we go to other stores. And we do get weird looks - except at our co-op, of course!

And I *never* thought about the fact that carrying a bag with stores logo on it is actually advertising for them. I mean, that's one reason why we don't wear clothes or dress ds in clothes that have logos or characters on them. This really makes me want to be 100% sure we have a cloth bag with us at all times.
post #37 of 78
All of my grocery bags "advertise" teacher conferences I've been to.

I've gotten in trouble though, asking clerks to put my items *gasp* into ANOTHER store's bag. OK, so I forgot my cloth bags at home. It happens. I bought two things at one store and got a bag, why should I get another bag at your store when there's still a ton of room in my first bag. It's true... it's all about the advertising on the side of the bag.

I might be weird, but I kind of like ruffling feathers when it comes to bags.
post #38 of 78
I have a bag of chico bags that I keep in my trunk and use all the time. At whole foods they give you a dime off your order which is humorous at best, TJs they have you fill your name and number on a raffle ticket and once a month they draw a name for a bag of their merchandise (I won in March, it was fun) and at the big groceries near my home like Jewel and Dominicks they give you a funny look for bringing bags. that is unless your younger-
todays youth baggers- most ask me about the bags, flatten them out and say- hey its just like our plastic grocery bags, ask where to get them- chicobag.com, make a point to say they are cool etc. The older person looks at me like- what is this and what do I do with it?

The local high school has an ecology club and the teacher wants me to come in and give a talk on chico bags or recycling and using them.
post #39 of 78
I routinely use my free reusable Stop & Shop bags at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and so far nobody has batted an eyelash.

Of course the S&S bags are really ugly, so they probably laugh at me behind my back .

My favorite reusable bags are envirosax and these by reisenthel.
post #40 of 78
Another gripe I have is when I tell the clerk that I don't need a bag or tell them that I am going to just put it in the diaper bag... they acknowledge me and then still put it in the plastic! What makes me realy made is if I give them the bag back they will just throw it away instead of saving it for the next customer.
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