ECO Friendly Tip

Em in Ohio

Senior Member
Location
OH HI OH
Woe is me. Since I get my groceries delivered, they come in heavy plastic bags and the stores won't reuse them. I do, however, repurpose them. They came in handy for bagging things for shoppers at our yard sale, but that is no solution.
 

win231

SF VIP
Location
CA
Woe is me. Since I get my groceries delivered, they come in heavy plastic bags and the stores won't reuse them. I do, however, repurpose them. They came in handy for bagging things for shoppers at our yard sale, but that is no solution.
I find them useful for kitchen trash - especially wet stuff that I want to take outside to the trash right away, like watermelon & pineapple rinds, etc. heavy bottles & cans.
 

Em in Ohio

Senior Member
Location
OH HI OH
I find them useful for kitchen trash - especially wet stuff that I want to take outside to the trash right away, like watermelon & pineapple rinds, etc. heavy bottles & cans.
Yes - definitely good for the cans which I now have for the first time. I never liked metal cans, but the dog gets canned food and canned pumpkin puree, so I now have to deal with them. I reuse my glass coffee jars for food storage. Also, I use old mayo jars for meat scrap holding and cooking oil in the freezer until full (things that I can't compost.) The fruit and veggie scraps go into the dog's biodegradable poop bags and get tossed on the back hill as fertilizer. What I really hate most is the one gallon milk jugs. Really wish they could be made biodegradable or that we could get milk in refillable glass bottles like in my youth. /-;
 

HoneyNut

Member
I had bought some reuseable bags pre-covid, but had trouble remembering to take them. During pandemic I did grocery-pickup which came in really nice tough plastic bags that have been very useful while bagging up all my moving trash because a lot of it is hard with corners so the tough bags keep the trash from ripping through the trash bags.
I read that we need to reuse our same reuseable bag 10,000 times each to make them no worse than plastic to the environment. I cannot imagine getting that many uses out of a bag, so I've decided to just keep accepting the flimsy little plastic bags the store uses, especially since I reuse them in trash cans and for cleaning the cat litter box and I'd probably wind up buying litter pan liners and more trash bags if I didn't get the little store bags.
 

WheatenLover

Senior Member
Location
Pennsylvania
Bring your own bag...shopping.
My groceries are delivered. Aldi uses boxes and paper bags, which I either re-use or recyle. My pantry shelves are full of the boxes because it is cheaper to use them than to buy containers to hold like foods.

Walmart uses plastic bags, which I re-use in the house, but they get thrown away since they are banned from recycling here. Glass is banned, too, which happened during the last few years.
 

Jeni

Senior Member
I started using my own bags years ago through the pandemic when they did not want to touch your bags i had cashier put items back into cart and bagged my own by my car....
i hear things every day about good and bad have to use so many times/ are dirty needs to be washed more often etc
Bottom line for me is less bags because my reusable carry 3 times as each of the plastics ... i find the "new" plastic thicker and less user friendly all over along road and left in parks / trails ...ZERO improvement over the thin plastic we used to use... and they cost 8 cents per bag except if you are on foodstamps then they are free..... explain that to me .....
the charge per bag was suppose to be about reducing and encouraging reusable.

when i buy one or two items and do not use a bag they seem to want to stop and scan my reciept guess people who walk out with arms full were assuming stores would assume they were just eco friendly not using bags but in general were shoplifting in plain sight.....
 

Jules

Well-known Member
Location
Beautiful BC
cashier put items back into cart
@StarSong mentioned this too. They wouldn’t fill our own bags or set anything into the plastic boxes IN the shopping cart. A couple of stores wouldn’t even allow me to have my boxes in their carts so I could load them up. We were expected to fill our own bags or set our own groceries into the cart. They were fine with providing the plastic bags for free and they’d fill them.
 

Jeni

Senior Member
@StarSong mentioned this too. They wouldn’t fill our own bags or set anything into the plastic boxes IN the shopping cart. A couple of stores wouldn’t even allow me to have my boxes in their carts so I could load them up. We were expected to fill our own bags or set our own groceries into the cart. They were fine with providing the plastic bags for free and they’d fill them.
what i found funny in whole process was one day they could NOT even touch bags and two days later they could and my state started ADS saying take your bags with you since their new fee for bag / bag reduction law had been postponed through out pandemic...

went shopping on a Saturday and bagged my own .... but monday they could touch them ..... definantely NOT about health or contagious things...
 

StarSong

Awkward is my Superpower
what i found funny in whole process was one day they could NOT even touch bags and two days later they could and my state started ADS saying take your bags with you since their new fee for bag / bag reduction law had been postponed through out pandemic...

went shopping on a Saturday and bagged my own .... but monday they could touch them ..... definantely NOT about health or contagious things...
When the research demonstrated that Covid was nearly always transmitted through the air and rarely by contact, stores again permitted outside bags and cut down their practices of endlessly disinfecting everything.

When we know better, we do better.
 

win231

SF VIP
Location
CA
Yes - definitely good for the cans which I now have for the first time. I never liked metal cans, but the dog gets canned food and canned pumpkin puree, so I now have to deal with them. I reuse my glass coffee jars for food storage. Also, I use old mayo jars for meat scrap holding and cooking oil in the freezer until full (things that I can't compost.) The fruit and veggie scraps go into the dog's biodegradable poop bags and get tossed on the back hill as fertilizer. What I really hate most is the one gallon milk jugs. Really wish they could be made biodegradable or that we could get milk in refillable glass bottles like in my youth. /-;
Glass is nice - when we're young. Now that I'm old & sometimes drop things, I appreciate plastic. :giggle:
 

win231

SF VIP
Location
CA
@StarSong mentioned this too. They wouldn’t fill our own bags or set anything into the plastic boxes IN the shopping cart. A couple of stores wouldn’t even allow me to have my boxes in their carts so I could load them up. We were expected to fill our own bags or set our own groceries into the cart. They were fine with providing the plastic bags for free and they’d fill them.
Maybe they listened to this doctor/idiot: (Yes, he's a real MD)
 

StarSong

Awkward is my Superpower
Today I did a pickup order at Walmart. You’re instructed to bring your own bags. They bring the items out in bins, no bags, and then you and the helper pack your car. I have small plastic bins in the back. It’s a good service.
I do the same with Walmart.
But then what do you line your little trash cans with and what do you use when you clean a litterbox?
I don't line any of my trash cans. I wash them as needed, which isn't very often. Kitchen scraps go in a little bowl by my sink, then get emptied into the proper compost recycling bin.

No cat so no litter box.
 

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