questionsdo you use your reusable shopping bags?

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I use grocery bags the same way you do. It's bad, I know, but I like to use those instead of using real trash bags. I just like not having to pay for trash bags. As for reusable bags, it is close to a 30-70 split between remembering them and not.

I would always forget to bring my reusable bags, so I started keeping them in the trunk. Now, I forget them in the trunk and only see them when I come back from the store with food already in the bags.

When I need to run into the market for a few things, I'll just hold stuff and carry it out rather than bagging it at all.

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I used to be really good about it but have lapsed since we moved. I just loaded my old bags in to the car though. So next time I'll be ready.

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lol..My bags lived in the car for about a year. We just cleaned them out. I never remembered them. It's one of those "good ideas" that just fails for me.

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@minxa1: I remember them when they're in the car. It's just that they ended up in a drawer at home and sat there for half a month.

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I buy them with the intention of using them again for shopping. But then they end up becoming just another gym/carry/all purpose bag, haha

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I always seem to have enough plastic grocery bag around (without holes) for the things I use them for (mostly cat liter disposal and the car garbage bin (the smaller ones from CVS and the like fit it perfectly).

As a result, I try to use the reusable ones as much as possible, However, it is common for them to be forgotten every few trips (thus the sufficiency of plastic bags).

Any plastic bags that have holes do get put into the recycling bin at the store and this is probably more than half. I avoid paper bags due to their high environmental cost (they aren't an option at most stores anyway).

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I bought a few of the resuable ones, they're now in the trash. Hated them. They got over packed and stuff got smashed... Used them for other things and they've worn out. I reuse the plastic bags multiple times before they are unceremoniously filled with used cat litter and thrown away. Is it bad for the environment? Probably. But is it more convenient, and does it save me money? Absolutely.

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@ganzhimself: See that was my problem. If bring in 10 bags and buy a weeks worth of groceries, why do they feel the need to shove everything into 3 sacks. You can't put milk with eggs and bread and expect everything to go ok. I think we stopped when we had to keep them from putting the toilet cleaners and laundry detergent in with our edibles- we specifically asked that those be bagged normally, it's just to easy to ruin everything if there's a spill.

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I have a great collection of 8-10 reusable shopping bags that are all stored in a reusable shopping bag. I guess the one is being used. Actually, when I remember to grab them out of the trunk before heading into the grocery, I use them. Otherwise it's paper bags for me (at least at the grocery.)

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@minxa1: I for one, don't want the rest of my food packaged with raw meats or chemicals (personal care products or household cleaners), and with the reusable bags, the baggers just seem to chuck everything in there without caring. "Oh, look, apples, these can go on the bottom of the bag and I'll toss these cans right on top of them, and sandwich a loaf of bread in there while I'm at it."

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I forget mine all the time...plus i like when i get new bags so i can use them to clean up my cats poop

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I reuse regular plastic shopping bags for other things like picking up dog poop and sending stuff to grandma and grandpa's house with the kids. They, in turn, use them in place of garbage bags and during food giveaways at local shelters.

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I have a ton of these (well over 30). That way if any are out of circulation (like I unloaded the last grocery trip's bounty and left them in the kitchen), I'm still okay - there are some still in the trunk of the car. They're also handy for just hauling - like gathering random bits after my kids' sports games. They're probably evenly split, 10 in the house, 10 in each car. And even then, there are still stores where I don't think to bring in my bags (like the hardware store), so I have enough plastic bags to use for small trash can liners.

Besides, on the rare occasion when I do forget to bring in my bags, I always seem to encounter this scenario: http://xkcd.com/990/ It's enough to make me remember next time.

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It's one of those things that I always intend to start doing but never do. I do take the ones I use back to the store for recycling which is not as good as using the reusable ones but is at least better than throwing them in the trash.

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No but I do use the plastic grocery bags for sorting recyclables and for dirty diaper smell containment.

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At my home, we re-use plastic grocery bags for all forms of household trash as well as taking lunch or other things to work or in a pinch as a secondary diaper bag.

The only reusable bag we use a lot is an insulated one designed to keep cold things that way if we have more than one stop during the summer.

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@kp1111: I just wash them when they get gross (or I've gotten a lot of raw meat). The fabric-y ones (sort of a thick interfacing-like fabric) seem to wash fine (I do have to mend cheaply sewn corner seams every now and again) and the plastic ones (which I prefer as they seem stronger) get a spray down with a disinfectant.

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Despite the fact I am about as anti-green as they come, I use reusable bags all the time. I have a truck which has storace in the rear fender wells. A collection of bags fits perfectly in there. I tend to check myself out, so the issue of messing up my food doesn't come up much. Also, around here Target give a $0.05 credit for each bag you bring in. Not much, but it helps.

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I still use them at the whole foods market and the farmer's market, but I've given up on the grocery store.

Despite the fact that the store sells reusable bags, the checkers seem oddly resistant to their use. I don't know if it is ignorance, or just passive-aggressive resistance to the interruption to the routine. I have had checkers: try to charge me for the bags, even though the store doesn't even sell the type I use; fill a large bag to overflowing with canned goods so that it is hard to lift into the cart; and, put everything in plastic bags, then load the plastic bags into the reusable ones. {sigh}

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With 2 large dogs, those plastic grocery bags are a precious commodity in my household. We actually have a giant sack by our front door that we keep filled with all the plastic bags we get (grocery, drugstore, hardware store, etc.) and we use at least 4 a day to pick up after our dogs. Yeah yeah, I know, probably not the best thing for the environment and you can buy disposable, biodegradable poop bags online, but these are free, plentiful and convenient so we're gonna stick with it unless Los Angeles makes the move to ban plastic bags like some surrounding areas are doing (which I fear will drive even more people to not pick up after their dogs argh!)

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@inkycatz: Thank you for trying to restore sanity to the ATC side.....

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I use them if the store pays me. Every 4th use at cvs with a green bag tag earns you $1. I've made over $100 by not using their plastic bags.

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I try to, but often forget

they need signs in the parking lots saying hey moron!!! get you $&%$&^$ bags out of your trunk!!

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AS as Grocery Store Cashier, here's My 2 Cents.
Reusable bags are fine. just please be patient, and courteous to your cashier. the biggest pain with them is when someone basically throws you a wad of Bags, all mismatched sizes & shapes, and seeing you struggle to keep it open w/ one hand and scan/bag w/ the other hand, can't be bothered to offer any sort of assistance, they just stand there and stare @ you...
OFFER TO HELP YOUR FELLOW HUMAN (if you notice them struggling) DANGIT!

and yes, it does get frustrating from the cashier standpoint when you bring in bags from a different store that are completely different shape/ size than the space you have been given to work with(while your own stores bags are made to fit exactly in to that space)
not that I'm suggesting you should have a different set of bags for each store(however nice that might be for the people working there)