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Paper, plastic or, no thanks, I brought my own tote bag?

Response Percent Votes
Reusable tote bags
 
56% 563
Plastic
 
34% 345
Paper
 
8% 86
Total 994

Comments

KS 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm bi-sacual. Makes me no never mind.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 2 months ago

hahaha. I wrote that more from the Erma Bombeck "my neighbor waxes her driveway' point of view, lol. I have nothing against some wrinkles in a folded bag, but there is this one bag in particular I dug out just recently, that had been knocked off the dryer after washing once, completely scrunched up horribly. Then, it was at the bottom of stacks of boxes so it got ultra pressed into those wrinkles. I've even run it through the wash twice to loosen those up, and it hasn't budged them! LOL. Now, I know I've got more bags, they are still buried in boxes somewhere and I refuse to buy new ones. I also have no idea which box the iron is in as someone else packed that and didn't label it. Nothing else needs to be ironed (yet, thankfully)..so I haven't gotten serious about finding it. I'd take a photo but you know that color turns into a white blob when you try to shoot it.

This bag is peopleofwalmart wrinkle quality. I take it to the video store, hand to to my peeps behind the counter for them to fill as I bring them my choices..and get out of there asap. No place else, lol.

Has anyone tried those little ones in the tiny bags at Walmart? I have issues with them taking up the space in the cart, and those look handy, but I'd like an opinion before I buy one more reusable bag not made in america.

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cletus26 4 years, 2 months ago

i'm still using plastic bags. then sometimes i use paper bags. never have i bought a tote bag. when i get to many plastic bags i put them in the plastic bag barrel at hyvee. i have never collected too many paper bags. never have i bought a tote bag!!!

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Benjamin Roberts 4 years, 2 months ago

Here is the solution we were given just a few months back - a tote made from plastic bags: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/nov...

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

plastic is better it blows away faster and down the storm sewer, plus when woven they make nice place mats.

How come those folks at the drop in center can't make some place mats from plastic bags? They would be nice for picnics and Chamber of Commerce mixers on the dining tables.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

My wife likes canvas bags which is the best way to go over plastic and paper. The cooler can hold wayyyyyyyyy more plus the produce likes a cooler as do refrigerated goods.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Often we keep a large cooler in the car. Then haul our groceries out in the cart and load up the cooler.

Sometimes groceries just go on the seat.

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davidsmom 4 years, 2 months ago

My canvas totes hold a lot more groceries and are much stronger than plastic, plus they are machine-washable. I ask for paper when we are low on paper bags because we put our recyclable paper in those. We also use plastic for small amounts of trash. I was using my canvas totes before they became "trendy."

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Starlight 4 years, 2 months ago

Plastic makes great small trash can liners, leaving the trash nicely archived for future archaeologists;)

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Benjamin Roberts 4 years, 2 months ago

I remember the locally owned grocery when I was a young one. The stock boys always saved the boxes after stocking the shelves and brought them to the checkout lane. The choice wasn't paper or plastic. It was box or sack. Of course we took the boxes. The boxes provided hours of fun; add some imagination, and a box becomes a garage, house, army base, and the list goes on. The children of the sixties knew what recycling cardboard was about.

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SpeedRacer 4 years, 2 months ago

Wrapped in paper and tied with a string.

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Katara 4 years, 2 months ago

If I could sew, I would make my own like the ones in the link below. http://sewing.about.com/od/bagstotespurseproject/ss/grocerybag.htm

If anyone is interested, this website has many patterns & how to guides on making different types of reusable grocery bag.

http://tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocery-bags-totes-free-patterns/

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jonas_opines 4 years, 2 months ago

"Or is peer pressure still an acceptable form of making people confirm to what the minority want them to be?"

Yes.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 2 months ago

Multidisciplnary, I admire your sense of decorum, but really, come on, it's a grocery bag. No one cares if it's wrinkled. Do you actually think people are judging you by the condition of a grocery bag? well, I mean, normal people?

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gillettee 4 years, 2 months ago

Ok I don't mind people bringing their own bags, but can you give them to the bagger first or bag them yourselves? Nothing worse than standing behind someone with their own bags and then they dig them out of their backpacks at the last minute.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 2 months ago

consumer1 (Anonymous) says… Cappy, your insinuating that being gay is somehow wrong??? I mean you promote there must be something wrong with being gay if someone lives in fear of being “gay” ?

Quite the opposite. Just like you and AreUNormal, I have friends and family who are gay. My statement was to excoriate RUN's posting. First off, his premise is just wrong in that I see plenty of men using re-useable shopping bags. I suspect what he meant is that REAL men won't use them. Usually, when people get to talking like that (or being threatened by imagined pink uniforms, say) it implies that that person has insecurities as to their own manliness. Real men aren't homophobic and some of them are even gay.

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consumer1 4 years, 2 months ago

Helathcare, Hmmm, I never thought of that, but it certainly would fit.

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Healthcare_Moocher 4 years, 2 months ago

consumer1 (Anonymous) says…

Hey !! Is BOZO dead?


He disappeared about the same time that Sacred Journey got busted.

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LoveThsLife 4 years, 2 months ago

I am the same way Denak. I forget them too often.

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average 4 years, 2 months ago

@Multi-d:

You're in Lawrence freaking Kansas. Look around you. Exactly no one cares if your bags, clothes, or anything else are ironed. Nobody else's is.

If you're the sort of person who irons your shopping bags, worries about a few dandelions in yards, washes your car on a weekly basis, etc, this town must drive you absolutely bonkers.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 2 months ago

option 4. Neither, I'll just eat it here.

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denak 4 years, 2 months ago

I have about a dozen of those little bags and I love them. But honestly, half the time I forget to bring them. So, when that happens, I generally use plastic.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 2 months ago

It appears Walmart has some instructions on certain items. As in what not to put with what regarding those two items in a bag comment about. Often, I've seen those be two household cleaning items, insecticides, automotive, hardware/paint... set out from other combined bags, or liquids from health and beauty aids such as shampoos, things that I guess they consider should not be accidentally mixed with the rest of your things. The sometimes leaves some other bag of regular last things..with another couple items a the end, say 4. And you think hmm, should they have put them all together, they weren't that heavy or large? But I think it's a cross contamination issue.

My grip about those 100% cotton totes? You wash them a few times..and then unless you want to look like you crawled out from under a rock..you need to iron those babies. If some happens to let it get wadded up after the dryer and sets something on it..you better plan on soaking it wet, stretching it out, and pressing it to try to get those wrinkles out, or you're going to look like trash forever. And of course, the old ones were unbleached muslin, so they picked up dirt. Use scotchgard!

(who knew saving the earth was going to be such a pain..much like "who knew a person had to dust all those horizontal interior logs in a log home?" Those dream home wives had a rude awakening!...hahahaha)

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consumer1 4 years, 2 months ago

Cappy, your insinuating that being gay is somehow wrong???
I mean you promote there must be something wrong with being gay if someone lives in fear of being "gay" ?

I am just asking? I am not gay, just very happy most of the time.But if someone wants to be gay? then it would not be something they fear, correct? Maybe "areyounorml" is just happy with himself and doesn't want to have an agenda stuck down his throat? Doesn't diversity teach about accepting indivualism? Or is peer pressure still an acceptable form of making people confirm to what the minority want them to be? I am just asking?

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MacHeath 4 years, 2 months ago

oh yeah, parrothead: go to Vanderbilts and get ya some Merrill jungle mocs. 54 bucks and comfy right out of the box. :-)

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MacHeath 4 years, 2 months ago

most kids today just don't know how to bag groceries. All you older folks out there: ask for paper on occasion, and
show the poor dears how to do it. Hey, they can't learn, if you don't teach em.

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fleeba 4 years, 2 months ago

MacHeath (Anonymous) says. anyone have a tote with a hard bottom, that will stand up by itself? If so, where did u get it?

Yes, I have one from aldis that has a cardboardish bottom that stands on it's own. It's HUGE. It can carry at least 4 plastic bags worth of groceries.

That being said... I hate baggers that put only one or two things in a bag when I know i can stuff way more in there. (i'm not talking about bread.. but a bag just for my two bottles of shampoo?? what? It'll fit in with the trashbags, etc...) That's why I use my own bags at aldis, checkers and walmart. I bag my own stuff so i'm not making tons of trips back and forth from the car to the house.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 2 months ago

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Thing 4 years, 2 months ago

We use re-usable bags when we only going for a few item, but when we go to the military commissary, we use paper. They provide insulation since we have to drive from Ft Leavenworth. When we were in Germany, you either use re-usable bags or carry the stuff home in your hands. They don't provide any bags. As for their looks, you can get "manly" bags at the military PX or Commissary.

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Thing 4 years, 2 months ago

Parrothead, there is a difference between frugal and down right cheap!

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Ernest Barteldes 4 years, 2 months ago

I use tote bags that are machine-washable, which reduces the contamination problem. I also carefully wash my vegetables, etc.

Some cities are proposing a plastic bag tax. I would support this, because it would force people to either pay up or become environmentally responsible.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

I guess some of you may have a mean old bag at home....does that count too?

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BABBOY 4 years, 2 months ago

I could give a crap. I just want my stuff. I am not using any stupid tote bag.

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1029 4 years, 2 months ago

Double-bagged plastic inside of paper really locks in the freshness and keeps the groceries at the proper temperature. On the hottest days of summer, a second paper bag is good for some added protection from the heat.

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parrothead8 4 years, 2 months ago

MacHeath sounds like my wife. Man, quit nagging me. ;)

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MacHeath 4 years, 2 months ago

that sounds like a good idea, average. I do hate plastic bags, especially the really cheap ones. anyone have a tote with a hard bottom, that will stand up by itself? If so, where did u get it?

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average 4 years, 2 months ago

Personally, I like the ALDI model. Throw it in the other cart. Wheel it to the car. Put stuff in milk crates/Rubbermaid totes in the car. Take milk crates into house. No bag necessary at any step of the process. No having to remember to bring empty bags into the store with you.

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MacHeath 4 years, 2 months ago

parrothead sounds like a good candidate for "What Not to Wear". Man, buy some new shoes. :-)

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parrothead8 4 years, 2 months ago

I wear t-shirts and jeans until they literally fall off my body. I wear shoes until the soles come apart. I've been using the same leatherbound notebook, now held together by duct tape, for the last 20 years. I've been drinking water out of the same Nalgene bottle, and taking my coffee to work in the same thermos, for the last decade. My favorite movie is a Clint Eastwood movie that I've seen at least 20 times. When stuff breaks, I fix it instead of buying something new, if at all possible.

I'm a man, and I use reusable tote bags. There's nothing more manly than something you can use over and over and over again.

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diplomacy205 4 years, 2 months ago

I like my tote bags. They are much easier to carry than the plastic ones.

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labmonkey 4 years, 2 months ago

Plastic, double-bagged please.

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consumer1 4 years, 2 months ago

I reuse the plastic bags, which creates a delimma, because I ask for the nickel off and the twenty something clerks look at me like I am from mars.

Are you norml says, "those totes are great for old ladies and hippy chicks. It's not going to catch on with men (unless they also happen to drive a Prius. I agree with you, Lah-wrence will be the first city in the United States to outlaw masculenity. I can hardly wait to see the new army uniforms, pink cammo.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 2 months ago

okay, i have resusable bags and use them about 50% of the time... i know that's lame but i still end up using plastic the other 50%. :(

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aeroscout17 4 years, 2 months ago

AreUNorml, wait until they start charging a tax on plastic bags (like in some urban areas, D.C. for example). You will see plenty of men carrying/using them.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

those totes are great for old ladies and hippy chicks. It's not going to catch on with men (unless they also happen to drive a Prius).

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myvotecounts 4 years, 2 months ago

I love my reusable bags. I thought they'd be a hassle, but they are not. Each bag holds a lot of groceries, and is easy to carry.

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Benjamin Roberts 4 years, 2 months ago

There were several articles last year decrying the use of reusable totes. They were believed to harbor bacteria and contaminate food, thus causing food poisoning.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/green/Reusable-Grocery-Bags-May-Poison-You.html

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/greenliving/stories/DN-dirtybag_0606gd.ART.State.Edition1.50d2c86.html

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