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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bad shopping bags

Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I live near a certain grocery store which has stopped supplying plastic bags. Instead, they sell ones made of polyester fiber. Well, polyester is not very biodegradable. The bags may be reusable but they are so bulky when folded up that you can barely fit them in a large jacket pocket. Suppose you don't have a car and you don't carry a purse, being a man and all, you aren't going to be carrying a couple of those around with you all the time like you would with the old plastic ones. So what happens is that they pile up. You start using them as garbage bags but they keep coming too fast to get thrown out at an equal rate. Now you have a few of these bags filled up with a bunch more of the bags. So now you have to start doubling or tripling them up as garbage bags. I think you get the point. They are even more trouble than they are worth.

I can find biodegradable non-woven shopping bags on Alibaba for 2-6 cents each. So why am I paying a dollar each for these bulky monstrosities? How much does the store REALLY pay for them, and if it's more than 6 cents then why? I really think they make most of their money from these expensive bags. Why not a choice? You can have the dollar bags or you can have the 10 cent bags (after markup). All I know is that I have awfully expensive garbage bags right now, and not liking it one little bit. —Jim

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