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    5 cents for a plastic grocery bag? Any easy patterns recommended?

    My DS lives in the PNW and is charged 5 cents for each plastic grocery bag every time he shops! Does anyone know of a bag pattern that is quick and easy, but would be good for groceries? He eats a lot of fresh produce (dunno if they charge for those bags, yet). I'm thinking the bags should be able to be reversed, so they could be used more than once before washing. I know the pollution arguments for not using plastic, but now he'll be using water, detergent, and energy to wash these bags. Sometimes what seems to make sense...doesn't.
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    Where we live, our local grocery store sells sturdier bags for ~$1. They're re-usable and never need to be washed. They're made out of stronger material that can hold a lot more groceries. If you send me a pm with his address, I'd gladly send him a few. They come in fruit pics and beautiful colors. Some were sold temporarily in halloween pumpkin designs!
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    I think I would buy one of the bags that the grocery store (or Wally World) sells. Take it apart and use it for a pattern.
    I must have 30 bags that I have collected over the years in my trunk.

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    Here's a link with several patterns:

    http://tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocer...free-patterns/

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    They are cheap in the store usually only $1. Trader Joes sells the best ones. If he keeps one special for meat he shouldn't have to wash them often at all. Some of them are made of waterproof material and can be washed in the sink. If you want to make them, I would suggest oilcloth.

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    There is one on craftster that is the same shape as the plastic bags. It makes a good sized bag.

    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0

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    I made grocery bags from old jeans. The bigger the waist size the better around 44"- 48" makes a good size and men's have bigger pockets. They are washable and sturdy. I carry 2 gallons of milk in one all the time, I made mine about 5 years ago. Take the jeans and cut straight across a little above the crotch, I sew the zipper and waist closed. Then turn them inside out and sew the curve of the front seam straight and you can trim the bulk out. Then sew the bottom shut, I sewed the seam twice, then zz with a narrow tight stitch then went back over with a wide zz stitch. Lay one of the legs out straight and trim off the seams, fold in half and half again, the front and back make 2 handles. Sew the handles to the bag, I did a square and then an x to make them sturdy. If you want longer handles belts from a thrift store work well.

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    For me, paying the .5 is cheaper then washing all the bags and less hassle. Re used shopping bags have to be washed or sprayed after every use so the bacteria won't build up from various food packages/produce. A research showed reused shopping bags are full of bacteria after a few uses without cleaning.
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    no big deal. they just go in the wash with the kitchen towels


    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    For me, paying the .5 is cheaper then washing all the bags and less hassle. Re used shopping bags have to be washed or sprayed after every use so the bacteria won't build up from various food packages/produce. A research showed reused shopping bags are full of bacteria after a few uses without cleaning.
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    We are not charged for the plastic grocery bags here. I re-use them to 'scoop the poop' in our cat's scoopable litter box. I do have some bags I use when I go to ALDI for groceries as they charge for their bags. I keep a couple in each vehicle. They were given out free at something or other that we attended.

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    Here's another link with pics of the bags.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...741F58&first=1

    another link

    http://pinterest.com/search/?q=grocery+bag+tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    My DS lives in the PNW and is charged 5 cents for each plastic grocery bag every time he shops! Does anyone know of a bag pattern that is quick and easy, but would be good for groceries? He eats a lot of fresh produce (dunno if they charge for those bags, yet). I'm thinking the bags should be able to be reversed, so they could be used more than once before washing. I know the pollution arguments for not using plastic, but now he'll be using water, detergent, and energy to wash these bags. Sometimes what seems to make sense...doesn't.
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    Our local Aldi store sells plastic bags for 10 cents apiece and 5 cents for paper. They sold some "green" canvas bags for awhile, though, and I just bought those for a dollar apiece. They're reusable and sturdy and work for me.
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    I don't know if you have them there but my grocery store has plastic bins with black carrying straps that you buy for $5. I bought 2 and I can get most of my grocery items in them and I can wipe them out with a Clorax wipe. I watched a program that said fabric grocery bags need to be washed regularly to keep the germs out of them.

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    When I go shopping...about once a month for a large shopping list, I end up with 10-15 bags of groceries. I then reuse the bags for trash can bags or donate to my library. Also, my Krogers have "recyclable bins" to bring back your plastic bags. Somehow, I just can't see me hauling 10-15 bags to the grocery store...just my opinion!!

    I agree, sometimes we can cut off our nose to spite our face in the "green world"!!

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    Why can't you wash the plastic bags in soapy water and reuse them? I bought a bunch of bags that I use, but I use the vegetable bags to wrap my meat before I put it in my bags. I wash my bags after a couple of uses, but I don't get anything on them because I wrap everything in vegie bags that can leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynndianne View Post
    I think I would buy one of the bags that the grocery store (or Wally World) sells. Take it apart and use it for a pattern.
    I must have 30 bags that I have collected over the years in my trunk.

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    At least 30!! My other half works for Meijer so we get new ones each time a different design comes out. Our friends know that we are big into recycling so they actually buy us a bag when they travel. We have them from all over the states!!! (and St. Croix!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    W Somehow, I just can't see me hauling 10-15 bags to the grocery store...just my opinion!!

    Me too! I can't see me walking in the store with an arm full of bags and keeping them in the cart with the groceries. I don't buy a few items at a time. That's a waste of my time. When I grocery shop, I shop to stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    When I go shopping...about once a month for a large shopping list, I end up with 10-15 bags of groceries. I then reuse the bags for trash can bags or donate to my library. Also, my Krogers have "recyclable bins" to bring back your plastic bags. Somehow, I just can't see me hauling 10-15 bags to the grocery store...just my opinion!!

    I agree, sometimes we can cut off our nose to spite our face in the "green world"!!
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Me too! I can't see me walking in the store with an arm full of bags and keeping them in the cart with the groceries. I don't buy a few items at a time. That's a waste of my time. When I grocery shop, I shop to stock.
    You eventually get in the habit of taking the bags in with you. I take a bag into every store I go to, not just the grocery store. Now, I'm not saying I don't forget the bags in the car sometimes because that does happen. I do re use the plastic bags from the stores as garbage bags too so I get lots of use out of them. If I get a big supply of them, I will take them to Meijer and put in their grocery bag recycling bin.

    Also, I have read that several cities are going to the practice of charging for each plastic bag due to the large amount of littering of the bags. A nickle might not mean much to some of us but to some people it is everything.
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    I live in the PNW, and as of August in the city I live in, stores cannot provide plastic bags or they will be fined. We have to take our own reusable bags. If we don't remember them, or don't have enough and need a bag, the stores can provide paper bags, but have to charge us 5 cents for them. The hardest part is remembering to take bags with me when I go to the mall. I'm used to it at grocery stores, but not when shopping at the mall. We have used reusable bags for a long time, but I don't like being told I have to. Sometimes government goes too far.

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    Many places in California have outlawed the plastic bags and charge .10 for paper. I just know I have to take in my bags, I even use the lingerie laundry bags for produce. The plastic bags end up in the environment and are harmful to the wildlife. They eat them and it kills them. Bags are easy to make from an old t-shirt. http://www.vanillajoy.com/tutorials/...t-bag-tutorial

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    We don't have to pay for plastic or paper bags, yet. We reuse the plastic bags for trash bags. If we didn't use them that way, we would have to buy trash bags. Why are plastic bags sold for trash or food storage use ok for the environment, but not plastic grocery bags? That doesn't make sense to me. Just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    My DS lives in the PNW and is charged 5 cents for each plastic grocery bag every time he shops! Does anyone know of a bag pattern that is quick and easy, but would be good for groceries? He eats a lot of fresh produce (dunno if they charge for those bags, yet). I'm thinking the bags should be able to be reversed, so they could be used more than once before washing. I know the pollution arguments for not using plastic, but now he'll be using water, detergent, and energy to wash these bags. Sometimes what seems to make sense...doesn't.
    I have heard that the bags that the stores sell for groceries (those clothy type bags with the handles) should not be used for groceries, especially vegetables. They hold bacteria and germs and washing them is not good, because they are not made for washing. I use the plastic bags to put my vegetables in (the ones you pull off the roll in the produce dept) and then I buy a box for carrying my groceries in. Our Roundy's or Cub have cardboard boxes I buy for carrying the groceries in. A box will last a couple of years if not more and works really great. I suppose if you bag your fruits and veggies in the plastic bags and then put them in those cloth bags, it may work. I don't. I have to scrub veggies enough without having to worry about a cloth bag that holds bacteria and makes me feel like I am taking coals to Newcastle. Easy-peasy for this old lady!!!!!!!! I use my cloth grocery bag for carting fabric around or taking it to Hancock or JoAnn's to bring home my sinful stash!!!!!!

    At our age and with a husband with no spleen, I refuse to use anything that can hold bacteria and a depressed immune system is nothing to mess around with. You can always double a paper bag!!!!!!!! Edie
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    google bags made from cat food bags....easy, very strong, and you do not need to launder. I love them and have made nearly a dozen for family and friends. email me if you need more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krsy View Post
    Here's a link with several patterns:

    http://tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocer...free-patterns/
    Thanks for the link.

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