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Old 01-21-2020, 09:07 AM
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Have not heard this. Several states have this policy already. Is this something Publix is doing. A key fob reminder is a neat idea. I always have bags in my golf cart and car but many times forget to carry them into store. This will force me.
Another thing some Publix locations do is put a big green sign on a stand at the front of the store, saying Did you remember your reusable bags.


When I go grocery shopping without DH, who has a good memory for things in the trunk, I take the bags out of the trunk and put them on the seat beside me. So I won't have to walk back to the car to retrieve the !@#$%^&*( bags.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:31 AM
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I can not believe the number of posts that use the term "hardship" about not having plastic bags. I used to work with Veterans and the easiest people to deal with were the former POWs because they understood the difference between a hardship and an inconvenience. Reading through these, many sound like the proverbial "grouchy old people". Will not having plastic bags affect what China does? of course not, but that doesn't absolve us from doing as much as we can to help the environment.
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:23 AM
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Not offering plastic bags any more isn't a deal breaker for me, but then I always ask for paper anyway. Also, there are hundreds of other stores in this area that do use plastic bags. Re-cycling them at Publix is a no brainer. That's what I use at Aldi. If you get the newspaper delivered, those clear pastic bags are great for pet deposits. And they fit in your pocket easier (on a side note, they're wonderful for packing shoes in a suitcase). So if Publix discontinues the plastic, they'll just be one more store making a tiny difference in the waste problem.
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You’ll be surprised how quickly you adjust to bringing your own bags. They’re sturdier than plastic, hold more and are more comfortable to carry. There’s so many attractive ones out there now, too! For small quick purchases I always keep a lightweight nylon bag in my purse or jacket pocket. Weighs next to nothing but very handy when I’m just buying a carton of milk etc.
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I don't understand how you can call yourself environmentally friendly if you condone the use of plastic bags!! Ante up the 99 cents!
The same way owners of morbidly obese dogs call themselves "Responsible Dog Owners".
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:38 AM
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I can not believe the number of posts that use the term "hardship" about not having plastic bags. I used to work with Veterans and the easiest people to deal with were the former POWs because they understood the difference between a hardship and an inconvenience. Reading through these, many sound like the proverbial "grouchy old people". Will not having plastic bags affect what China does? of course not, but that doesn't absolve us from doing as much as we can to help the environment.
Yep...nailed it!
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:25 AM
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Okay, so if they do away with the plastic bags, we will all find a way to adjust. Until then, I will take the plastic because I have many uses for them....not just throwing them away. I also take some back to Publix for their recycle bin.

I just have a couple of questions about all this:

1) It has been stated that most plastic bags are made from recycled plastic. Why can't these plastic bags have the same fate?

2) When will the trash companies and The Villages go to trash bins instead of requiring that we bag our trash in plastic? Seems like it would take an awful lot of the grocery size plastic bags to make these heavy-duty large (13-gal or 30-gal) size bags.

3) What happens to the big plastic bags we are (once again required) to use twice a week for household garbage and once for recyclables? Do they get recycled or just go straight to a landfill?

And yes, paper and cardboard do contribute to roach problems because they LOVE the glue.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:01 PM
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Easy fix; keep a bag in your car.
I had a nylon bag that folds up into a little pouch about the size of a lemon. It has a little loops that i used to attach it to my purse. It opened up to an 18 inch square bag, perfect for a quick stop at the grocery store. I think I paid $3 for it. Used it for years until my kid moved to Wash. DC and they have no plastic bags in the stores there. She would walk home from work and stop at the grocery store nearly every day. She "borrowed" my little bag ....

Maybe I should make another one
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Now if we can only get rid of plastic straws and pop plastic rings that hold them together.
I've had a Pina Colada with a paper straw. The straw collapsed before I was finished with the drink. I have never liked paper straws. I much prefer plastic in this case.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:14 PM
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Another thing some Publix locations do is put a big green sign on a stand at the front of the store, saying Did you remember your reusable bags.


When I go grocery shopping without DH, who has a good memory for things in the trunk, I take the bags out of the trunk and put them on the seat beside me. So I won't have to walk back to the car to retrieve the !@#$%^&*( bags.
Why go back to the car for the bags? Just bring your groceries in the grocery cart and pack them up when you get back to the car where the re-usable bags are. That's what I plan to do because I'm sure there will be several times that I will forget to bring the bags into the store. I can bet money on that!
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No, the hardship you want imposed on everyone else is based on trivia and fear-crazed superstition.

Plastic is harmless when dumped in a landfill ("disposed of properly"). It's only a problem when people litter. Making the 95% of the people who dispose properly suffer because of the 5% who litter is aggressive agenda on your part -- eco-bullying , superstition-crazed, and power hungry.
Plastic is harmless when disposed of properly?? Turn the channel and think of someone other than yourself.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:37 PM
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I've had a Pina Colada with a paper straw. The straw collapsed before I was finished with the drink. I have never liked paper straws. I much prefer plastic in this case.
just get another straw
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Plastic is harmless when disposed of properly?? Turn the channel and think of someone other than yourself.
Pretty amazing...eh?
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This "phasing out of plastic bags" is the result of a remarkably conceived and executed marketing conspiracy mounted by the American Paper Institute and the Paper Bag Institute going back to the 1960s, and is well documented here. Follow the money.

Additional participants included the Glass Packaging Institute, the aluminum industry trade association, the General Federation of Women's Clubs (really; read the linked documentary evidence which was originally created on request for the Federal Trade Commission), the Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, the late (self-proclaimed; read his books) socialist professor Barry Commoner, and an assortment of other parties who viewed all things plastic as a COMMERCIAL, NOT ENVIRONMENTAL, industry competitor and disrupter of then traditional materials markets and competitor revenues.

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That’s fine as long as Publix allows me to pack my own bags. I stopped using the fabric bags because the bagging persons don’t know how to pack them. Latest example: I had dropped three bags on the counter for the bagging person as i checked out and he proceeded to stuff all of the contents into one bag while I payed the bill. It was so heavy and jammed with the groceries it was ridiculous. I went back to plastic after that last episode.
You are ALWAYS allowed to pack your own bags. I don't like other people bagging for me. I always bag my own.
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