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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Eco-bags in, plastic out

The subject of eco-bags may be somewhat off-topic here, but hey, you gotta lug around food in something, right?

The husband and I made the transition to using eco-bags last year out of environmental concerns. Who knew that one little, flimsy plastic bag could take more than 1,000 years to degrade? Added bonus: Kroger's credits you 5 cents for every bag you bring and use.

San Francisco became the first city in America to ban the use of traditional plastic grocery bags last year, and New York is set to pass a bill requiring large stores and retail chains to collect and recycle plastic bags they give to shoppers. The growing trend seems to be eco-bags are in, and plastic out. In Great Britain and China, eco-bags have even become some what of a fashion statement - read more here and here.

Have you made the eco-bag switch? Why or why not?


at 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much do these cost?

at 2:18 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I paid 99 cents for my Kroger bags. More for the ones from Trader Joes, but those are a bit more sturdy, methinks. I don't think $1 a bag is bad. But remembering to leave them in your car is the key! :)

at 2:57 PM Blogger Kel Klump said...

I recently received a few of these bags as gifts. I have now purchased more on my own, realizing how much easier carrying groceries can be with the help of these bags. We usually have one or two plastic bags, but use them for pet waste or lunch bags. Many retailers online are carrying these bags and you get money off your bill for each one you bring (usually 5-10 cents per bag depending on the merchant).

at 4:07 PM Blogger Julie said...

In my hall closet, I keep some Trader Joe's bags (including the insulated one) and some bags from Jeff Ruby's leftovers. They make great grocery bags!

at 4:12 PM Blogger Rachel said...

Kroger's, IGA, Meijer and Walgreens all offer bags at 99 cents. They're quite sturdy and durable, and many are washable, too. And at Kroger, the bag is essentially free after 20 trips.

You can buy designer eco-bags online that are more fashionable, but they cost more, too. Frankly, I don't care about fashion while I'm grocery shopping.

at 4:38 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Oh, yeah, I also love the Jeff Ruby bags. Especially when they still have leftovers in em... ;)

at 5:01 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

My hubby and I decided one of our New Year's Resolutions was to quit using and accumulating so many plastic bags. For Christmas he gave me some awesome bags from Park and Vine downtown. One is the typical size of a grocery bag but folds into itself to the size of a small wallet. I have this in my purse at all times and it has become so useful if I forget to throw a tote in the car.......The only thing I ask them to put in a plastic bag at the grocery store is meat. I don't want any juices getting on my bags that I reuse! Gross! Otherwise, it kind of makes me feel like a good person, when I don't come home with 20 plastic bags from my grocery trip.

at 7:22 PM Blogger WestEnder said...

I donated to the Nature Conservancy several years ago and got a canvas bag as a gift. It has an ostrich on it. It's not big but I use it often.

They still sell a bag for $18 if anyone wants to save the earth while eating it.

The Clifton IGA also takes off 5 cents if you BYOB.

at 11:31 PM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

The liquor policy at the Clifton Kroger when I shopped there was BYOB. But I think everyone was already plastered by the time they got there.

at 4:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah biggs sells there small little bags for a dollar. Also Biggs incourages every customer to recycle there plastic bags at biggs. Biggs will then turn the plastic bags into benches.

at 9:54 AM Blogger DanThoms said...

I just started using my bag. I'm still getting used to carrying it around. I must admit, carrying my own bag feels a bit strange but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

at 4:32 PM Blogger Kelly said...

I just started using tote bags. Bigg's has a nifty system at their self-scan checkout where if you place the bags on the counter and get a "remove the last item" error message, you can just press a button that says, "chill, it's just a tote bag." Nice.

I used totes at Trader Joe's last week and was kind of sad that they seem to have discontinued the "use your own bag, be entered into a drawing for a gift card" incentive. Or is that just if you use the specific TJ's-branded bag?

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