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lunar forest's Avatar lunar forest 10:20 AM 05-16-2008
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Originally Posted by mumm View Post
Yesterday the bagger at the grocery store put all my stuff in plastic bags inside my reusable bag! With 4 kids tagging along, putting food on the conveyor, etc I didn't notice until we were heading to the car. geesh..........
That is the stupidest thing I ever heard. What could he possibly have been thinking?!

Malva's Avatar Malva 04:22 PM 05-16-2008
I take them everywhere. Including yarn stores, office supply places, clothing stores (second hand AND new), I even carried out some pretty new bras from a lingerie store in a reusable bag. I did get them to wrap it in tissue first, at least it's reusable easily.
barose's Avatar barose 08:26 PM 05-16-2008
I don’t because I don’t go to places like Target, Wal*Mart, etc. For other stores (mostly local, boutiques, etc or the very occasional department sore), I haven’t thought much about it. I usually end up donating all of my bags to a local consignment store that uses them for items they sell instead of wasting more bags.

I normally only take my bags to grocery stores and farmers market. I have really nice bags (get compliments on them) but would like something more “socially acceptable” for places like Bloomingdales or boutiques. Maybe something sturdy or just an oversized purse or tote Ha!

Good thread!
sunnysandiegan's Avatar sunnysandiegan 05:53 PM 05-19-2008
I have been using canvas bags since the early 90s. I have LOTS of them from various volunteer activities and events, etc. I've used them for all sorts of things over the years and haven't given it much thought. I guess I was pretty low-key about it.

A good friend apparently took notice, though. She gave me a cloth bag a few weeks ago that is made from 100% organic cloth and says, "I don't do plastic" front and center big as day. Eek! LOL It was a sweet gesture and I like the way the bag is built, etc. The saying is LOUD for my tastes, but whatever. I use it right along with my others.

Just the other day, after more than 15 YEARS of using canvas bags, I had my first uncomfortable experience. I was at Wal-mart and it was not busy, but the cashier was less than happy about my bag. I only had one bag and everything I purchased easily fit in it, but it was awkward for her. I decided to acknowledge her challenge with bagging and we ended up having a fairly good conversation about how canvas bags are changing the way cashiers have to work and so forth. The lady behind me in line also chimed in. We decided someone needs to design a universal "holder" for reusable bags. I suggested a cashier design it since she/he knows what it is like firsthand to bag with customer-provided bags and sees lots of different styles, etc.
SeekingJoy's Avatar SeekingJoy 06:50 PM 05-19-2008
I have been trying to figure out how to sew loops onto mine so they would hang from the carosel. I thought that might be easier to load.
sunnysandiegan's Avatar sunnysandiegan 08:37 PM 05-19-2008
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I have been trying to figure out how to sew loops onto mine so they would hang from the carosel. I thought that might be easier to load.
Good idea!
Mama_Leah's Avatar Mama_Leah 09:45 PM 05-19-2008
This kid at Kroger was annoyed with us when we bought groceries the other day. He had already started using plastic bags and one of the kids ran up and gave him the reusable ones (which are from there and say KROGER on the front). He proceeded to just dump the food into them without organizing them at all like he had been with the plastic. The fruit was all bruised and frozen and non-frozen items were all mixed together.
I didn't notice until we got to the car. I don't know why he thought it was so horrible, they are nice bags with flat, reinforced bottoms that stand upright on their own.

I am working on making some Morsbags so I don't have to take my Kroger ones in other stores. And we've been packing them up and taking them right back out to the car so we wont keep forgetting to take them.
jadekat's Avatar jadekat 02:39 AM 05-20-2008
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Originally Posted by LaffNowCryLater View Post
I really like how the chico bags have a clip on them when they are stuffed into their teeny bag, I have one clipped onto the strap of my purse at all times.
I clip mine to my key ring. I never forget them!
wendinbill's Avatar wendinbill 02:58 PM 05-21-2008
The cashier at Wal-Mart today obviously hates reusable shopping bags. So much so that she was rude, and didn't acknowledge my "thank you" and "have a good day". I just don't get why they CARE. And there was nobody behind me, so it wasn't like she was busy & people had to wait. :
Ivan's Mom's Avatar Ivan's Mom 03:48 PM 05-21-2008
I take mine to all stores. Sometimes it is hard to use them for purchasing clothes since food may have gotten in them from the grocery trip. Would make me sad to get a stain.
hubris's Avatar hubris 07:02 PM 05-21-2008
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Originally Posted by barose View Post
[FONT=Arial] I have really nice bags (get compliments on them) but would like something more “socially acceptable” for places like Bloomingdales or boutiques. Maybe something sturdy or just an oversized purse or tote
I use ecobags string bags for mall/boutique shopping. They're really compact so they can fit into my purse, but they expand to hold a lot (good for clothing shopping). I also often use a big tote as my purse/diaper bag and just tuck purchases into that.

I sent my MIL two envirosax for her to use. They're still compact, but a little more cute and less crunchy looking, probably would fit the social acceptability. Any lightweight tote bag would probably fit the bill.
heatherweh's Avatar heatherweh 06:06 PM 05-28-2008
We use reusable bags as much as we can remember and we keep them in our car. I take hem into the library, to the farmer's market, etc. The only thing I get in plastic is meat because having blood leak into my own bags just grosses me out (though yes they could be washed minus the cardboard thing at the bottom which would have to be trashed then). I put meat that goes into the freezer or fridge in the same plastic bag too, again to keep it from ever leaking on our other stuff- yuck. I get attitude sometimes for the bags from the cashiers. Often the ones that bag the groceries just won't bag a single thing for me if I have my own bags, like they don't want to tough them or something. it can be pretty frustrating. As some pps said, you sometimes have to be somewhat forceful to keep them from putting your stuff in plastic anyway and then into your bags (or some odd combo thereof).

This brings up the question of bag credits, I'm going to start a new thread to ask...

Oh yeah, and about Walmart- they are making a play at being more "green" with their new line of organic stuff, the TVs are all having green ideas on them, plus they SELL reusable bags and just did a million bag giveaway, so I don't know why they aren't educating their employees about it. Of course being randomly rude to another person doesn't compute with me anyway, so I am oft confused not only about bags but about life in general... ;-)
Cggarci's Avatar Cggarci 11:44 PM 11-17-2008
Yeah we do hate using them. I work there. I had a lady bring her reusable bags with cat hair all them and it smelt just like pee. Also ppl put their meat in them. How many ppl do you think wash them bags. Most likely none. Parasite can live in cat pee. I know any where work you can catch germs by the stuff you touch. But the cat pee and hair on the bag was just gross. I took it to home office. So i'm hoping they will see how gross some ppl can be and make it where cashiers dont have to touch them anymore.
jrabbit's Avatar jrabbit 02:40 AM 11-19-2008
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Yeah we do hate using them. So i'm hoping they will see how gross some ppl can be and make it where cashiers dont have to touch them anymore.
That's absurd. I'm actually offended by your attitude. Personally, I would never dare to put food in a filthy bag, and I guess I'm one of those true wackos who washes the bags all the time. (all types, including the Whole Foods recycled plastic bags - wash in the washing machine and hang dry)

Mine may have stains on them and some holes, but they're clean and a WHOLE lot stronger than a wimpy cheap plastic throwaway bag.

Actually, I do almost all of my own bagging (and so do my kids) because I dislike the way cashiers put stuff into bags. 10 plastic bags with one item in each one is NOT easier to carry than 2 well packed bags. Don't even get me started on mixing dry & frozen goods, bruising fruit, and packing all the heavy things into one bag!

--janis
UUMom's Avatar UUMom 04:27 AM 11-19-2008
I have really sweet canvass bags from OB Peoples Food Store in San Diego that I bought in 1989. lol I use them for everything. I also have a couple of wicker market baskets that i use lots without issue. If I forget them in a place like Kohls or TJMaxx, I just say "I dont need a bag". As long as you hold the reciept as you're walking out, it's good. If they want, they can check the items in your hands with what is on the reciept. I've never had an issue in all these years. Maybe some clerks think no bag or canvass bags was is odd, but I've never been harrassed about either issue, and around here people having their own or bags is fairly common.

Not that I would care if they didn't care for my bags. I try to be sympathetic to the folks trying to quickly bag when there is a long line of cranks behind me. I alos don;t care how they bag...sometimes I think too much time is wasted trying to pack things a certain way. I mean, I am going home to unpack. It's not like they are wrapping wedding gifts.
lovelysunlight's Avatar lovelysunlight 12:01 AM 11-20-2008
Cggarci, I have been a cashier as well and I have/had absolutely no problem whatsoever when people decide to use their own reusable shopping bags. There is no difference in touching a nasty bag compared to touching the money that dirty people pull out of their dirty pocket and/or purse. I've been handed slimy money before.

I think it's ridiculous and ignorant to assume that everyone who used those bags would be nasty. I'd like for your "home office" to tell me I couldn't use my bags.
Buddhamom's Avatar Buddhamom 10:19 AM 11-20-2008
We use them everywhere. Whole Foods as well as our local grocery store gives .5 credit for each bag. Also, Walmart is getting rid of the plastic bags (at least that is what they told us) by the end of this year so you have to bring your own. As for touching them, I have seen cashiers wipe or blow their nose and them touch my stuff, so germs work both ways But I have also seen cashiers wear gloves so there are steps someone can take personally. That is why I always eith carry DD or put a carriage cover on before putting her in.
KristyDi's Avatar KristyDi 04:39 PM 11-20-2008
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Originally Posted by mumm View Post
Yesterday the bagger at the grocery store put all my stuff in plastic bags inside my reusable bag! With 4 kids tagging along, putting food on the conveyor, etc I didn't notice until we were heading to the car. geesh..........
I've had that happen 4 or 5 times at my Kroger. I usually don't notice till I'm at the car. One day when I wasn't in a hurry and had a close parking space I took one bag and walked back in to the customer service desk and just politely pointed out that the point of bringing my own bags was not to use plastic bags.

The lady there rolled her eyes (not at me, but at the sillyness of putting stuff in plastic bags then in cloth bags) and reassured me that she'd bring it up in a meeting.

Hasn't happened since.

Aside from the environmental reasons for using them, I just like my cloth bags more. They're easier and more comfortable to carry and I usually wind up with less bags to carry since they're bigger and more sturdy.
mumm's Avatar mumm 05:00 PM 11-20-2008
Slight OT question here-

If you only use reusable bags what do you use for your trash?

We compost and recycle but we still have trash. I have an old duplo container that I line with a grocery bag sitting on my counter for trash.
If I use too many reusable bags i run out of liner bags. Wondering what others use for trash bags.
Thanks!
jrabbit's Avatar jrabbit 05:11 PM 11-20-2008
We don't make much trash. But occasionally, we'll shop intentionally without reusable bags so that we have a few paper or plastic bags at our disposal. We use the tall kitchen size for our primary trash can - empty once a week - and we buy those (a box lasts forEVER). Try to buy the cornstarch degradable bags. We use a paper bag for collecting recycling - and that will last months. Other trash cans in the house are not "lined". Our city trash can is big, and we "could" just dump the trash can into it, but sometimes they knock the can over, and get trash all over the yard, so I don't do that much.

--janis
Buddhamom's Avatar Buddhamom 06:02 PM 11-20-2008
We too use the cornstarch or recycled trash bags. But we compost everything we can and ALL paper, plastic, glass and cans get recycled.
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