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

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


myvotecounts 8 years, 3 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.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 3 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).

Steve Mechels 8 years, 3 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.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 3 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%. :(

diplomacy205 8 years, 3 months ago

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

parrothead8 8 years, 3 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.

average 8 years, 3 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.

parrothead8 8 years, 3 months ago

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

1029 8 years, 3 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.

Ernest Barteldes 8 years, 3 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.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 3 months ago

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Chrissy Neibarger 8 years, 3 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.

denak 8 years, 3 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.

RoeDapple 8 years, 3 months ago

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

average 8 years, 3 months ago


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.

LoveThsLife 8 years, 3 months ago

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

Kirk Larson 8 years, 3 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.

gillettee 8 years, 3 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.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 3 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?

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

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


Katara 8 years, 3 months ago

If I could sew, I would make my own like the ones in the link below.

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

SpeedRacer 8 years, 3 months ago

Wrapped in paper and tied with a string.

davidsmom 8 years, 3 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."

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 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.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 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.

Reuben Turner 8 years, 3 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!!!

KS 8 years, 3 months ago

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

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