Where do we stand on reusable bags?
In theory, I like the reusable bag. I bring my own bags with me when I shop and I’ve done this long before it was mandatory in my city.
Did you notice the amount of charities that give you a reusable bag when you donate? Or if you go to an event, companies give out reusable bags…
So my question is:
How many reusable bags does one actually need?
Realistically, I have four. Two for food(I can’t carry more than two bags home) One for things like cleaning products, and one for clothing or “nice” things.
These bags from Target or whatever start to give out after way too few usings. So realistically, how many people are throwing out bags like this because they break? Are bags like this still going to take up space in landfills?
Should the bags that stores have be made better? Which leads to cost- presently, stores charge five cents for a bag- can you really charge more for a bag when someone is making an impulse purchase? What’s the point where the consumer will go home and order off the internet instead of paying for a bag? (which creates a box problem in the landfills)
Conversely, if something doesn’t cost that much, you value it less. I’ve seen a lot of reusable bags not being reused and sitting in garbage cans, or in the gutter, which is another problem onto itself. Have you ever thrown out a reusable bag that was in good condition?
But what do you do when you have a glut of reusable bags?
I’ve made impulse purchases and gotten reusable bags and paper bags. I reuse the paper ones for garbage. (remember when we stopped using paper bags and replaced them with plastic because it was better for the environment?) But…using a perfectly good reusable bag for garbage just doesn’t sit right with me…so when I get too many I donate them.
Do you know how many reusable bags the donation centers are getting?
Apparently, because the bags are used, they’re not allowed to put customer purchases in them…
What’s happening to all these bags?
Do you think the next issue we face will be a glut of reusable bags?
Where do you stand on reusable bags?
How many reusable bags do you own/need?
Have we thought this thing through, or is this another- oh let’s use plastic instead of paper and save the environment