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post #41 of 78
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Originally Posted by anthasam View Post
I was FORCED to take a plastic bag at the Carters outlet store last year. The cashier said she could get fired for not putting my things in their plastic bag. I explained that I had a bag and didn't want plastic, but it didn't matter. She was saying the bags were proof that customers paid for the items. Umm, I thought that's what the receipts were for!!!

So, I took the bag, walked out of the store, put the items into my own bag, then brought her the plastic bag back to reuse for the next customer! Can't bully me into keeping a plastic bag
post #42 of 78
I heard that in many grocery stores in europe, you get charged, like, a nickel or dime per bag if you don't bring your own. What A good idea!
post #43 of 78
When I lived in Russia, they didn't have bags. If you didn't bring your own, you were out of luck. Didn't matter what you were buying, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, produce... no bag, you're carrying it home in your hands. If it was milk, you better have brought a canister cause they don't do cartons, either.

I've never gotten a strange look for bringing another store's bags in, or for asking for no bag. I say no bag at Target all the time. I've been buying metal storage bins, and just tell them to pack them into those rather than wasting bags.

It's gotten to the point where DH has to tell me sometimes to get a paper bag when I'm at the store (for the paper recycling).

I hadn't thought about painting over the logo, that's a great idea! I have 2 TJs bags I can do that on. Much cheaper to buy a TJs bag then paint it than buying them plain ($3 vs. $12 locally, and the TJs bags are bigger, too).
post #44 of 78
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Originally Posted by olliepop View Post
Either they get it or they don't, not that there's much to get. On the flip side, a sales associate at Barnes and Noble thanked me for "saving the Earth."

I don't know about all that. I said, "I'm just doing my part."
That's interesting. I had a B&N guy ask me where he could get a mesh bag. I wonder if it's a corporate thing or if they just attract those kind of people. I keep a mesh bag in my purse.
post #45 of 78
I don't mind the bags w/ the store logo. Mine have a family owned store name on them. It's actually pretty cool - in order to compete w/ wally world & the giant, they converted over half the store to natural & organic items. It's fantastic for the area I live in. Plus, they were only a $1 each!
post #46 of 78
Isn't it more environmentally friendly (and easier on the wallet) to just use cloth tote bags you can buy from a garage sale or a thrift store? I laughed when I saw one web site that actually sells cloth grocery bags. I've gotten them from various places for free or less than $1, all secondhand.
post #47 of 78
I bought the cloth bags from my grocery store that are a dollar because you get points every time you use them and I have already earned 20 bucks in groceries in 2 months.
post #48 of 78
Wow, I just had this the other day! I was shopping at a chain store that had a great sale. I bought one thing and told the clerk I didn't need a bag. Fine.
The next day I went to a different location and bought one thing but the clerk said she had to bag it because "security was watching". She put it in the bag and handed it to me. I took it out of the bag and walked away. I didn't want her to get in trouble if that was really the rule but I wasn't taking that bag either.
post #49 of 78
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Originally Posted by luvtjones View Post
Isn't it more environmentally friendly (and easier on the wallet) to just use cloth tote bags you can buy from a garage sale or a thrift store? I laughed when I saw one web site that actually sells cloth grocery bags. I've gotten them from various places for free or less than $1, all secondhand.
I agree! I've even heard of "designer" bags that say "This is not a plastic bag" on them going for $100+. Please! I sew mine out of fabric I've rescued...old clothes, curtains, sheets, etc. I personally find them to be very cute, and everyone I know is getting some for the holidays.
post #50 of 78
I have never been told I had to take a bag. In fact most of the time they are happy when I say no thanks (especially when it's only one or two things).

The only ones I have bought (other than Eco bags but we don't use those for groceries) were from a store called Vitamin Cottage. I think they were .90 cents if you bought them with your groceries and you got .10 cents off every time you used them thereafter. They got left behind when we moved though...makes me sad. I'm inspired to make some now though!
post #51 of 78
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Originally Posted by Pariah View Post
I agree! I've even heard of "designer" bags that say "This is not a plastic bag" on them going for $100+. Please! I sew mine out of fabric I've rescued...old clothes, curtains, sheets, etc. I personally find them to be very cute, and everyone I know is getting some for the holidays.
Yay! I think I figured out my Christmas gift list!
post #52 of 78
OtherMother'n'Madre, check out Freecycle for fabric...people around here are always giving away fabric and old clothes and stuff. We have a ton now for crafts and sewing, it is awesome! I met THE coolest hippie lady two weekend ago and got lots of fabric goodies from her...MDC would love her, LOL.
post #53 of 78
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Originally Posted by luvtjones View Post
Isn't it more environmentally friendly (and easier on the wallet) to just use cloth tote bags you can buy from a garage sale or a thrift store? I laughed when I saw one web site that actually sells cloth grocery bags. I've gotten them from various places for free or less than $1, all secondhand.
And, if you buy them at the thrift store, you can collect bags for defunct companies, then the advertising is a moot point!
post #54 of 78
My favorites are the bags I get with memberships to the zoo, botanical gardens, college/classical radio stations, etc. They are always really sturdy and BIG, great for groceries!

I get the "It'll be too heavy" thing a LOT. Umm, I'm 5'8" and like 180 pounds. I have 2 small kids. I can lift a bag with a couple cartons of milk in it!

I once had an argument over a fruit tray going into a plastic bag, too. They were very concerned that it would leak. I said I don't care. Give it to me. They wouldn't let it go. I finally snached my fruit away and stalked out. Geez, folks, it's MY fruit! Gimme it!
post #55 of 78
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Originally Posted by nascarbebe View Post
Well that was snooty. I haven't encountered that. Usually the clerks don't care. But I can see why it would be a policy at some places that they have to give you a bag. It's advertising for them as soon as you walk out with that bag.
YEP! that was my first thought!
post #56 of 78
I too had a few words with the cashier at Macy's. Went.."I don't need a bag" "What do you mean you don't need a bag?"--- "I mean I don't NEED a bag." "You have to take the bag."--- "I already have a bag."---"You have to take the bag." ---"I don't want the bag."--- "It's company policy." "I have the receipt. I don't need the bag. Thank you. Good bye" Reminds me of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham

I use the eco produce bags. I like them for that. A few years ago, I got this awesome Villeroy & Boch shopping tote from a bridal registry special event at Macy's, as part of their goodie bags. Anyway, I was like what the hell am I gonna do with this?? It's yellow and green with cherries on it. Now it is THE most amazing bag EVER! It holds all my little produce bags and my old plastic bags that I have been recycling for too long. We try to put it back in the car after we put away the groceries.

I like the bin idea. I confess I won't allow myself to order my groceries online and have them delivered because the bag thing will drive me crazy!

sorry this post was too long for a post about my BAGS
post #57 of 78
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Originally Posted by Elfine View Post
I heard that in many grocery stores in europe, you get charged, like, a nickel or dime per bag if you don't bring your own. What A good idea!
It's the same in South Korea!
post #58 of 78
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Originally Posted by Elfine View Post
I heard that in many grocery stores in europe, you get charged, like, a nickel or dime per bag if you don't bring your own. What A good idea!
In new zealand at the store we used to shop at all the time, plastic bags were 5c each, boxes left over from the food shipment packaging and displays were free. We always got boxes. Oh and you packed your own grocheries.

my bags are free or used, one is new, its a local librarys tote. one is a big macys tote, a very old tote of my passed mil, and 3 huge foldable tote bags my fil got as goodie bags at a dinner party. We also use those plastic milkcrates they sell for strange etc, we had a pile we used to use as storage that we no longer do.
post #59 of 78
Anyone have a link to a free pattern for making shopping bags? What a great idea! I'm also going to try and make re-usable vegetable bags out of some ultra-light fabric like curtain sheer material or even lace...
post #60 of 78
This is the best pattern I've found so far.
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