Mon, May 23 2011 at 11:33 PM
Canvas. No oil, not greenwashed, just simple.
Mon, May 23 2011 at 11:28 PM
I understand your frustration. My best suggestion is, prior to the checker even touching an item of yours, you take time to tell him/her "NO plastic", and be certain you have been heard. That will usually work, unless a sacker comes up after this point and starts tossing your items into a plastic bag. I am always vigilant, and often get a frustrated sigh from the person who must sack my groceries. I feel, though, that this is part of their job, and if they don't like dealing with reusable bags or disgruntled shoppers, they might be better off seeking a different line of work.
Mon, May 23 2011 at 11:20 PM
Tom, It's people like you who will get charged an inflated price for new, junky, theoretically slightly reusable bags (the ones you mentioned which came from China and made of plastic) at the check-out, before you ever get a total. You will not have the opportunity to complain, especially since they will have signs posted in the parking lot, and at any door where you might enter the store, warning you ahead of time. It will be no one's fault but your own. My reusable bags are made of canvas or other sturdy cloth, and made in the United States. Some of them are even hand-made, by me, in my own home. They do exactly what they're designed to do. They do not break open and dump my groceries on the pavement, or my feet. They do not clog the ditches, sewers, waterways, our food chain and even our blood with trash and toxins. Let go of your preconceived notions of reusable bags being some "liberal, hippy, tree-hugging" plot to make your life difficult. Realize they are a more practical, more effective way to get your purchased items from the register to your home. They likely will even help make your store purchases cost less.