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produce plastic bags

Original post made by janet on Mar 8, 2008

There's a letter in the weekly asking for an alternative to plastic bags for produce. I'm a little confused. Why not use the paper bags (that at least used to be available in the produce sections) as alternatives? I've moved away, so maybe the stores in PA have stopped supplying these?

Or canvas bags, what's wrong with those?

Am I not understanding this question?

Comments (4)

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

The whole plastic bag bit is a shuck. The often repeated tally of birds killed was a typographic error, but like always, Palo Alto bans the bag [never having smelled a paper mill] and signs up to prohibit di-hydrogen oxide. The value in plastic packing materials is in the saving they accomplish.


Posted by No paper bags, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Cut down trees to make paper bags - I don't think so. Anyway, paper mills are an ecological disaster.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:01 am

Just as we can buy re-usable grocery bags at the markets, with their own logo, they should also sell re-usable produce bags which are made from the same material, smaller in size and could be re-used many times, particularly if you save the same bag for the same produce item. Many produce items, come in mesh bags and you can choose to buy these items, then cut them to open them at home and take them with you to re-use. The strawberry baskets can be re-used for many things. Items like bananas, lemons, large onions, do not need to be bagged at all, but can be placed together on the scale at the checkout and then put straight into the re-usable grocery bag.

If we as consumers at large start doing these simple measures, and start shopping at the markets that enable us to do so, the stores may get the idea that this is how we want to do it.

I lived in Europe before moving here and was used to taking my own bags for everything. I became trained in the American habit because I was never quick enough to show my own bags in times. Now I am retraining myself and always put my bags first on the checkout.

But, beware of the very large re-usable Costco bags. The other stores do not know how to pack them and they make them so heavy that I can't lift them afterwards. They are great for items like toilet paper and cereal, but not for heavy small items as they get too heavy too quickly.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:47 am

Amazing what can be accomplished when you discount the time and convenience of the individual. "Comes the revolution, we will all eat strawberries." "But I don't like strawberries, they make me break out." "Comes the revolution, you will eat strawberries or else"


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