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Poll: paper or plastic
« on: August 26, 2007, 05:22:10 PM »
When you buy something at the store, which do you usually get?  Poll expires in about 2-3 weeks.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007, 06:43:48 PM »
I marked other because I honestly don't know - I don't shop in grocery stores.  :-[
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2007, 06:55:38 PM »

 Down here, it's all plastic or cardboard boxes .
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2007, 07:22:16 PM »
I choose paper, cuz then I use the bags to wrap green turned bowls in, fresh veggies from the garden and sometimes I just like to slip one over my head and pretend I'm not there.... ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2007, 07:54:46 PM »

 Down here, it's all plastic or cardboard boxes .

Pero, porque no usar bolsa de concentrato - es muy bien para la feria!
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2007, 10:26:37 PM »
What????????????  No speeke english????????????? 

 I don't think there is a paper sack in the stores around here. and the boxes all have to go to the landfill .
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2007, 07:28:25 AM »
I don't see much choice.
I get asked, "Do you want your milk in a bag"?  Maybe because it sweats or something, but I would just as soon carry by the handle rather than have a busted bag.  The federo's want to tax everything, why not tax plastic bags?  I would then remember to take my own cloth bags. Hit me in the wallet to get me to change my ways.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2007, 10:41:31 AM »
I guess no one around here believes in paper bags....all ya get is plastic...like everything else.. ;D

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2007, 08:07:46 PM »
The grocery store here still have paper,but you have to ask for it.They use to ask you paper or plastic?I see that is starting to end too. All the other stores I guess all use plastic,walmart,lowes,home depot and all of the other stores too.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2007, 08:20:50 PM »
I like the plastic ones because I can bunch up the handles of about 10 of them in my hands when I'm unloading the truck - less trips back and forth to the kitchen.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2007, 08:29:16 PM »
Yes, but would you even have ten bags if they were paper ???

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2007, 08:39:39 PM »
I'll try to find out the most current cost on the bags tomorrow.
Last I heard the plastic were a fraction of a penny and the Paper were about 5 cents.
In other words companies save millions by using plastic. The paper bags are guarded. :D
I like the paper bags. We re-use all bags for alot of stuff.
My favorite is taking hot fries outta da grease, put em in a Paper Bag with paper towel to soak up the grease and shake after throwing some salt in. The sides of the bag gets all greasy. ;D
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2007, 11:01:46 PM »
What gets me is when they put two items in a bag and start on annother one  .  Then I end up with 20 bags and all could have fit in one or two. 
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2007, 02:40:59 PM »
You oughta see the reaction when I tell the cashier ("checkout scanner operator") that I want paper bags.  Rolls eyes, big sigh, angry look, etc.  One time I was asked "Are you sure?".  Another time one of 'em said "We're out of paper bags" so I waited until she had half the groceries packed and then reached under the bagging area and pulled out a handful of 'em and waved the manager over.  That was not a pretty scene.  Some of 'em pretend not to hear you and pack half the stuff in plastic already.  I just repack it myself in paper and leave the empty bags on the belt.

Paper bags are a big deal in my house.  I pack 'em full of scrap wood and sawdust and use 'em to start the wood boiler, use 'em for fries like MH does, book covers for school for the chilluns, use 'em for scratch pads in the woodshop, paint spray protection/masking, etc.  Lots of uses.  Plastic bags are no good except for hauling used diapers to the transfer station.  At least around here they generate power from the plastic that's thrown away.

What's worst is the places like Home Dopey that don't even give you the paper option.   >:(

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2007, 06:15:22 PM »
I tend to be Bi-sackual but prefer paper.  ;D

Up north in Cedarvile and De Tour, they dont ask. They give you paper bags with strap handles. They are great.  They hold what three plastic bags will hold, and I can bring my laundry home from the cabin in them.

Here in Harrison, we are in plasticville.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2007, 06:49:32 PM »
I get paper, we use them for firestarter. gets a fire going on dry lodgepole or incense cedar with no kindlin, but I got plenty of kindlin, and plenty o sawdust too. ;D but I still aint using them plastic bags, there too small and the paper ones have handles anyway. I clean up litter from time to time along the highway near my log yard, and I even pick up after the flatlanders when they find our spot on the river, and you know what ? I don't think I have ever picked up a paper bag. ??? Paper is reusable, or used for fuel, or biodegradable. Those stores that only use plastic rarely see my money. And why wouldn't they put it in plastic, most of the stuff they sell is plastic, the tools, the decking, the siding, the appliances, the toys, the garden sheds. :-\  I think the tree huggers have truly won. :'( ??? :D

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2007, 08:35:43 PM »

  I like paper.  Just do not get a good wipe with plastic and they seem to clog more.  ::)   Sure miss the Sears Catalog.
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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2007, 01:05:57 AM »
We take our own canvas bags. 25 years ago Barb made a whack of lightweight canvas bags that were the same size and shape as the plastic grocery bags. She figured the stores had worked out the optimum size (not too big when full of heavy stuff, not too small to hold the bulky stuff). By making them the same shape as the grocery bags, they fit on the racks that many stores use to hold the bags open. Eventually they wore out -- 20 years later. So we're on our second set of canvas bags now.

Funny thing -- the local recycling council is promoting canvas bags now. They're flogging great big things that don't fit on the racks in the grocery stores, hold way too much, and are consequently about 3 times as bulky as Barb's design.
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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2007, 11:54:25 AM »
We perfer plastic here at this house.  But I reuse all of the bags anyways.  We use them for bagging plants at market for the customers.  I use new plastic bags when selling veggies but hate to use new ones for plants.  I tell my customer that I reuse bags and they are more than welcome to give me their used ones.  Paper bags do not like wet plant pots much. ;D

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Re: Poll: paper or plastic
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2007, 04:26:36 PM »
I prefer paper and ask for it if I have a chance of getting it.  Mostly stuck with plastic from SuperCenter.  However, my husband works for the Supercenter and he said there was a meeting of middle management about how to re-introduce paper bags and eliminate the plastic ones. It was only a 'in store' meeting .. but hey!  they could be ON to something!
I think they are being pushed by expenses as plastic bags are made from petroleum and that has gotten much more expensive.


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