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am i the only one that does this? i've bought a package of those large sturdy ziplock bags and bring those to the supermarket to use instead of those pesky plastic bags. you know, the bags that you're sposed to use for bulk bins and fruits and veggies, where everyone walks out using 10 of them. i've gotten some weird looks and some confused cashiers but it's worth it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hey, I've seen people bring Tupperware type containers. I thought that was weird because of the extra weight, but no additional packaging is ever required, so... Maybe it's worth. I just don't like the idea of carrying around all those containers and trying to carry those groceries. Ziplog freezer bags seem more convenient by far, and they are sturdy enough to re-use. Just label them so you don't mix nut "dust" with your basmati rice, etc.
 

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I think that's an excellent idea; however, you might run into a problem depending on the grocery store. Just as you can't take your plate back to the buffet (you have to get a new one), a store may take issue with you bringing in bags that have been used. Just be aware of that possibility - it could be a health code thing.<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, great idea!
 

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At a natural foods store in my neighborhood they sell light weight reusable bags (like garment bags that you put in the wash, but lighter.) They're neat because they are washable. I get funny looks with these if I'm shopping anywhere other then there, but it's worth it.I'm not sure the name. I'll have to check next time I go in.
 

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The great thing about bulk foods is that they usually have a numerical code to identify them at the register. With reusable bags, you can label them:<br><br><br><br>
quinoa<br><br>
#1234<br><br><br><br>
And it saves you time and effort every time you refill the bag, plus you don't have to use a twisty to write the code down or seal it, because it's a ziploc!
 

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So clever...all of you Have to tuck that tip away for future shopping trips. I shopped with my mom this past weekend, she didn't understand why I didn't "bag" my produce.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by stonecrest</i><br><br><b>am i the only one that does this? i've bought a package of those large sturdy ziplock bags and bring those to the supermarket to use instead of those pesky plastic bags. you know, the bags that you're sposed to use for bulk bins and fruits and veggies, where everyone walks out using 10 of them. i've gotten some weird looks and some confused cashiers but it's worth it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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What a great idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'll have to get some big ziplocs.<br><br>
I sometimes take my own canvas totebags or even a backpack to stores to use in place of their plastic bags. A lot of cashiers insist on bagging merchandise anyway! They say that have to. I guess they are worried about people stealing stuff. I get irritated.
 

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Personally at my grocery store they sell a fairly large felt bag for ten dollars and it saves your money because at my store they charge you a nickel for a (or several) plastic bags but for free they have old boxes from the stock room it's awesome so earth friendly except mainy people seem to prefer their nickel bags.<br><br><br><br>
Treat Earth with respect and she will to retrun the favour.
 

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What I do: Bring my own canvas bag to the store, with also, about 5 plastic bags inside. I try to reuse them as much as possible. Hey, even a little bit helps, right?<br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">-LINDS</span>
 

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I bring my canvas bags, and I even bag them for maximum density and weight. Whole Foods gives me $.05 back on my bill for each bag I re-use.
 

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At German supermarket there baskets, where you can leave unnecessary wrappings, e.g. a carton or a plastic bag araound another bag. Carrier plastic bags aren´t free, but the ones you put in groceries are still for free; so too many people use them.<br><br>
I always have some cotton bags on me.
 

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I used to work at a Big Y (a chain grocery store in New England which is ANYTHING but a natural foods store) and people used to bring in canvas bags in all the time, no one thought a thing of it (I say this to those of you who are getting weird looks for doing it). It's really a good idea because let me tell you, those plastic ones they give you are crap. They break constantly and they clump together. It's such a huge waste, I used to throw away wads of them. I know that's terrible of me and I felt guilty, but after six hours of waiting on pissy soccer moms and their screaming children, the environment is the absolute last thing on your mind.
 

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If you bring your own container to put bulk items in, take the container to a cashier first and get a tare weight (what it weighs empty). I have all my glass jars labelled with a tare weight and the item name and code. When I go to pay, I just tell the cashier to please take off the tare weight first, that way you don't pay for your container!
 

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Darn Olive. Ruining my cashier knowledge and glory. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/moonpie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":moonpie:"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Hey, I've seen people bring Tupperware type containers. I thought that was weird because of the extra weight, but no additional packaging is ever required, so... Maybe it's worth. I just don't like the idea of carrying around all those containers and trying to carry those groceries. Ziplog freezer bags seem more convenient by far, and they are sturdy enough to re-use. Just label them so you don't mix nut "dust" with your basmati rice, etc.</b></div>
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Like Olive was saying... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
It's illegal to charge for the weight of a container in the USA. You literally MUST get a tare weight if you're using a container, then, when you go through the cashiers line they have to subtract the weight of your container. By law, you should never be charged for the weight a container. A store (or a restaurant with a salad bar) could lose its license from the Dept of Weights and Measures and be closed or fined quite heavily.<br><br><br><br>
A tare weight works like this - Bring your bag, or mason jar, or tupperware container to the customer service or courtesy desk, or what-have-you and ask them for a Tare Weight. If they know what that is (which they should) they'll put your container on the scale and for each 1/100th of a pound will be 1 tare. So, if it weighs 0.57 pounds, that'll be 57 Tare. An ordinary plastic bag from a produce department weighs 1 Tare and is automatically subtracted by the computer when a produce code is typed in (to save time.)<br><br><br><br>
When grocery stores don't have bulk departments, the cashiers may have no idea what you're talking about because it subtracts 0.01 automatically.
 

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Yeah, Whole Foods did this for us automatically before we learned this from you (we brought Ziplocs on our last two trips). Cool beans.
 

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There's this grocery store by me called the people's market, and if you bring in your own bags instead of a plastic one, they give you a little wooden "nickel" for every bag. Then they have these boxes for differnt charities, and you put your nickel in one of the slots, and they donate the money to that group. I think it's very cool.
 

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I used to work part time at a grocery store, and I loved when people brought their own bags in. Well, unless they didn't help me put the groceries in them. Normally plastic bags are on a rack to hold them open, and paper stays open on its own, but cloth doesn't. It made me so mad when they would just sit there and watch me stuggling with the bags. Our store also gave you 15 cents for each paper bag that you brought back to re-use. I usually get plastic bags, but I bring them back to the bigger stores to be recycled.<br><br><br><br>
The ziplock bags are a great idea. I'll have to remember that.
 

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Erin_Sword, I have cashiers that have been so forceful with plastic bags that I end up getting into an argument with them about it. I start to raise my voice, then they stop trying to force the bag on me. Works every time.<br><br><br><br>
I use the produce bags in the store, but re-re-re-re use them at home for everything I can think of. They don't last as long as ziplocks, but they're free, and I do get several uses out of them before they get holes in them.<br><br><br><br>
I have a couple canvas and mesh grocery bags I take with me to the store, but it still shocks me that they try to double-bag a bag of tortilla chips, when you have no other items. What's wrong with people???<br><br><br><br>
I hate plastic bags!
 

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It's cool, at our local fruit/veggie/plant market, they use the boxes produce are sent in to box up your groceries. They still have produce bags though.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'm going to ask my mom if we can start bringing out own bags to get groceries and stuff.
 
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