Reusable bags are great but let's stop manufacturing them. It's defeating the purpose!
Um...*all* my re-usable bags are made of sturdy, washable canvas or cotton. What plastic reusable bags are being spoken of here? Am I missing something?
I for one love reusable bags. I keep them in my car and take one into every store I shop in, instead of getting plastic. I use them around the house for different things. I put the paper I recycle into the bags. Use them as a tote bag instead of buying a new tote bag. I look forward to getting reusable bags when I visit different places. It makes a great luggage carrier in a pinch. 'Ask my brother.' By the way you can wash the bags put don't put them in the dryer.
It's not just plastic bags that are the supposed environmental culprit, it's ALL plastics. It's just that you politically correct Greenies only went after plastic bags because it was sexier and more convenient for you than than going after all plastics.
I say put your money where your mouth is and put ALL plastics on your hit list.
I'm confident that somehow, some way, you'll find a way to live without your shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, pens, DVDs, prescription bottles, milk jugs, telephones, Tupperware, water pipes, electric cables, refrigerator liners, computer monitors, keyboards, and on and on.
Get to it, Libs!
Their manufacture is horrible. They are not a sustainable product.
Use sturdy, reusable, washable cloth bags.
Sounds like the folks who agree are buying/accepting a re-useable bag every time they're out shopping and forgot to bring one of their own bags with them. The solution is simple: If you don't need a reusable bag, don't buy/take one even if you don't have one of your bags with you. Just take the cheap plastic disposable bag and reuse it at home. "Problem" is solved!
There are dozens of ways to re-use the disposable ones. If you're not crafty you can use them in place of trash bags - instead of buying a bag that is manufactured just to hold your garbage, use garbage to hold your garbage! No skill required. We follow this practice at home - when we've forgotten our reuseable bags, take a disposable - and have absolutely no problem with either disposable or reuseable bags piling up.
The key, I think, is to find bags that are washable and durable so that they're sanitary and are not ripping all the time. I can't believe how many cheap bags made from original plastic there are in stores. $.99 is NOT cheap when you think of each bag as permanent trash -- exacerbating the problem of creating waste instead of the opposite.
BUT, if you have more bags than you need list them at Freecycle.com. I love that idea.
Companies are using reuseable bags as another way to raise profits.
If a company truly cared about the number of bags being sent to landfill, it would stop supplying ANY bags, so customers had to take their own. Maybe they could offer the use of cardboard boxes that goods have been received in, like shops used to.
I have one general bag now from WWF but I have a bag for each store that I shop, and so, they are all for food stores.
Reusable bags are a great idea that has been implemented poorly. The idea to reuse anything is green and keeping more plastic bags out of landfills is a key goal. The problem is that some of these bags are made from pure petroleum so if they are discarded then your putting that into a landfill instead of plastic. I never bought one because of that reason until I found a bag made in China at food lion that was cloth.
Blight of their own, indeed. Green consumerism. Greenest thing to do is stop needlessly consuming.