Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
I thought I'd start a new thread for this rather than have it buried in another one.<br><br>True story: I have one of those reusable grocery bags that I use when I go into the store for a few items (my wife does the heavy shopping and has her own bags) so that I don't use those plastic bags (one or two items per bag). The reusable bag can hold quite a bit in comparison. So, the young checkout girl, when confronted with the reusable bag, offered to bag my items in plastic and then place them into my bag. Anyway, I told her to not use the plastic and simply place the items into the reusable bag because that is the whole point.<br><br>So, how do we educate people?<br><br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
Like everything else it's going to come down to economics. If it contributes to the profit margin directly or indirectly it will happen. <br>Our daughter works as a check out girl for a major grocery store, she has been told to accommodate shoppers with their own bags. But she was also told not to encourage the practice. It slows down the check-out process. "Start bagging to plastic as you were trained. It will effect your performance review if you can't clear shoppers to the norm or above." <br>Quite frankly, I agree that reusing shopping bags has a cost savings. But until grocers figure out how to stream line the process they will piss and moan that it costs them money. <br><br>
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
I would think that severely reducing/eliminating those plastic bags would decrease their overhead in the long run. I'd even bag my own to save time at the checkout. Maybe the retailers could begin offering a discount for using your own bags. Those plastic bags consume resources from manufacture to disposal.<br><br>
people choosing to use the perma-bags can help the cause by <br>placing the items on the checkout counter in a logical order.<br><br>I've been doing it for years...<br>Put the heavy unbreakable stuff first so your 10lbs of taters<br>doan wind up on top of your 10 oz bag of chips. That speeds up <br>the packing, and you're responsible if your bread gets crushed. <br><br><br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green> [color:green]. . . _ _ _ . . .</font color=green><br>
<br>Goodonya 4 the GREENIE Thread <br><br>I was going to start a thread 2 days ago, but now I doan hafta'!<br><br><br>I just replaced the LAST Incandescent bulb in my 5 rm flat.<br><br>When the bulb in the common hall burnt out last week, <br>I replaced it with a 15watt (60watt equivalent) CURLY BULB.<br><br>The first compact fluorescent I bought 15 years ago cost $15.00<br>...this last one was a $1.50 ! <br><br>The technology was there all along... they just kept the price<br>prohibitively high until people created the demand... the same<br>will happen with everything else if we keep applying pressure.<br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green> [color:green]. . . _ _ _ . . .</font color=green><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>So, how do we educate people?<p><hr></blockquote><p> Now that I have the hang of it I don't think it is economics, but what is easier. I've had to do two things.<br>1) Remember to bring the reusable bags with me and not leave them in the car.<br>2) get them up there on the counter so they don't use the plastic.<br><br>If I remember 1 and 2 then I can carry much more in two or three of the reusable bags than all the plastic ones and they have no chance of breaking. I can bag the stuff faster then the normal bagger using these big reusable bags. <br><br>So really it is only re-educating ourselves. Then it is the easiest way. Took me a week to retrain my brain. Now I wouldn't think of walking in a store without my own bags.<br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
We've been a cfc household for awhile now. And I will make the transition to led when it becomes practical. But the cost savings is more of a motivation to me. I could care less about the green aspect. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>We've been a cfc household for awhile now.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Oh, just admit it mojo. You eat granola and you have a favorite pair of Birkinstocks. Come out of the closet.<br><br>
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