Archive for May 16th, 2009


When I was grocery shopping recently, this sign outside the Iroquois Foodland caught my eye. It is encouraging to see grocery stores promoting bring-your-own bags. When Loblaws first came out with bins a few years ago, I bought a few and found them quite handy. The trick is to remember to take them into the store with you. I’ve made many trips back to my car to get the bags or bins I forgot there.

It’s amazing how ingrained the use of plastic bags has become. Yet plastic bags are such an easy item to do without. When I first started using bins, I would occasionally take them into Walmart or other stores if I was planning on picking up items such as cans of cat food, for which bins are convenient. Cashiers really had trouble with this concept. Many wanted to put items into plastic bags and then put the plastic bags into the bin! You don’t want bags? Are you sure? With many stores promoting reusable bags, I don’t hear that any more.


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