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Friday's Stupid Thread - Paper Or Plastic Or Else?  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

It appears I am going Chrismas shopping this afternoon and I wondered how you people get your purchases home. Here in Tunisia it's plastic bags everywhere. Very bad for the environment, rhaaa ! I however reuse them as garbage bags. You ?

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2162 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Mainly plastic bags here, though I hear that one of the major supermarket chains has recently announced a shift to US style paper bags as they are apparently much better for the environment.


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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Here in France, it is mostly plastic bags.

However, in an "environmental" move (rather an economical one I'd say !), a lot of supermarket don't provide those anymore. So for me, it's massive re-use of plastic bags. We never throw them now !

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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7423 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4431 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1483 times:
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Plastic usually. Wal-Mart has a green/white looking trashcan or something by the entrance that says "please recycle plastic bags here" and I try to return all that I don't use. My local grocery chain has a plastic bag return now as well.

User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

Plastic bags here. Some of the supermarkets offer a "bag for life" or something whereby you pay something like 10p for it and everytime it runs out you get a new one and they recycle it... Something like that...

One thing I noticed is that in the food section in Marks and Spencer in Dublin you have to pay for plastic bags (either that or they were ripping me off), whereby in M&S in England they're free... Stops people using so many bags I guess.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

At first, it used to be paper, but now it's all plastic. I wonder though that, given how paper recycling has progressed, why there aren't more paper bags around.

User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1473 times:



Quoting LHRjc (Reply 5):
One thing I noticed is that in the food section in Marks and Spencer in Dublin you have to pay for plastic bags (either that or they were ripping me off), whereby in M&S in England they're free...

AFAIK there is a mandatory government levy on plastic bags in EIre.

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User currently offlineCraigW From South Africa, joined Aug 2005, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Mainly plastic, however their is an environmental tax that is charged (24c I think) and stores will ask you if you want a bag or not. A large number of people will re-use plastic bags or make use of their own bags made from natural fibres which they will take along when they go shopping.

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9103 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1468 times:
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I always carry a backpack or a bag with me where I put everything in it! but if it gets too much or too big: plastic bag as well...

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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

Over here the default is plastic but the supermarkets now have strong green bags that you pay about a dollar for and the idea is that you bring them back every time you go shopping and use them instead of plastic bags but I its rather hard to remember. They're very supposedly hold 10 times more than a normal one.

User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1435 times:
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Over here, the default is no bag at all. If you want one, you actually need to pay for it (about $0.10), and it's either paper or plastic - the customer chooses. This in supermarkets.

Other, non-supermarket-style stores usually give free bags, and they're either plastic or paper, it's about a 50% chance.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1431 times:



Quoting QFA380 (Reply 10):
Over here the default is plastic but the supermarkets now have strong green bags that you pay about a dollar for and the idea is that you bring them back every time you go shopping and use them instead of plastic bags but I its rather hard to remember.

Same here, I believe the A&P sells them for about 3 bucks each though. And you're right, my grocery shopping is normally not a planned event, it normally occurs when I pass the supermarket and decide to swing by. So for me those bags are useless.

I always get the plastic ones, and like the thread starter, they go into the trash cans at home so I don't have to buy more bags, wasting more money.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

I find there is quite a bit of hypocrisy taking the plastic bags off the supermarkets for a so-called environmental cause.

I wonder if those who have decided to suppress these bags have definitely stopped driving their cars. They too create pollution and carbon emissions, much more so than the plastic bags in the supermarkets.

I have always recycled them for one thing or another. Plus... I do not own a car. I use public transport, including planes.

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
it's plastic bags everywhere. Very bad for the environment,




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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Default here is plastic, although you can ask for paper. I bought my own reusable bags from Whole Foods and I try to use them as much as I can.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Here it is mostly plastic bags.

Seems that most have plastic bags, not good for the environment at all.



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User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

I tend to use/ask for both. I will put the plastic over the paper. I can then reuse the plastic for "litter" removal (from a dog that is). And the paper I will use for newspaper recycling, as I put the recyclables into it, then I place it on the kerb for waste management to recycle it.

User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

Down here is plastic and more plastic.
Some "enviromental" cloth bag trend appears to be catching up, but i bet it won't be that revolutionary.



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1414 times:



Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
I however reuse them as garbage bags. You ?

I do the same. The fit the wastebasket I have in the bathroom perfectly.

I haven't seen paper bags where I live for a long time. I'd go the reusable bag route but then I wouldn't have garbage bags for the bathroom.


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

Until recently, it was plastic only in all Belgian shops. Nowadays, the main supermarket chains have phased out the disposable and free plastic bag and charge a small amount for more solid plastic or cloth reusable bags.

I never use either anyway - I put everything in my backpack.


User currently offlineDc10s2hnl From New Zealand, joined Aug 2006, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

I make a point of always saying that I don't need a bag when I'm getting a few things... c'mon a plastic bag for two small items? Ridiculous!

I've got a Trader Joe's reusable bag; I like how they let you draw chips for prizes whenever you've brought a reusable bag. Anything to get people to conserve, I guess.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Out here its Plastic bags mainly of a certain thickness.Very Durable & Reuasable too.
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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

I get paper bags for groceries.

Quoting CaptainJon (Reply 16):
I will use for newspaper recycling, as I put the recyclables into it, then I place it on the kerb for waste management to recycle it.

This is what I use the paper bags for. Our town requires paper recycling be in paper bags only.



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Some of the stores here are now selling reusable cloth bags. If I go down to Sprouts (a farmer's style market that sells mostly organic goods) I can buy a mesh reusable bag for 99 cents each. Three of them would hold my usual purchases. I don't usually go to Trader Joe's, but it doesn't surprise me that they're one of the chains leading this change.


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