True, there is a small expense. But even those who can't afford cloth bags can still reuse paper bags many times before they wear out.But cloth bags aren't for all people at all times. Poor people might not be able to afford them. And sometimes when I make a "surprise" trip to the store I won't think to get the cloth bags from home, and I still like having something to put my food into! But I will always try for paper bags instead of plastic.
Wow, I hadn't thought about the produce bags. That's a tough one. I have seen some stores that have little paper bags with handles for produce. Maybe the key is to stock up on a few of those and re-use them.The one dilema I still have is the produce bags so I even reuse these because they don't get that dirty. You kindof have to use them for some things, although I have stopped using them for things like a single cucumber or peppers. Apples, though, you need something to put them in. And I have food allergies and don't want to put my veggies directly into the cart and the checkout belt in case they get contaminated.
Very true. We always used to use the paper bags in the trash bin as trash bags. You can't tie them like a normal plastic trash bag, but you can staple them. Now we use plastic in our trash bin since it is embedded into the kitchen cabinets instead of a small bin next to the fridge. But....no food goes into the trash bin. That gets emptied directly into...paper bags, and then tossed out into the outdoor can. Thus, we only actually change out the plastic bags in the trash bin maybe once a week. And we also use paper bags instead of plastic for "dog waste". Seriously, we can't ever get enough paper bags in my house!True, there is a small expense. But even those who can't afford cloth bags can still reuse paper bags many times before they wear out.
On one of those 'green shows' i heard of how much food is wasted and ends up in landfills . It was shocking. I forget the actual statistic, but if you really think about how much food an average household will throw out...it's alot!Things like fully intact apple cores and banana peels have been found in 100-year-old landfills.