backhoe wrote:A final word on plastic bags? When the stores bagged your goods in paper bags, we reused them- trashcan liners, carrying other things. Now that virtually all stores give you plastic bags? Same thing- the three small trash cans in the baths here are lined with plastic bags. In addition I have one hanging in five other locations for trash. They are useful.
The bigger stores here will sell you a cloth bag- I can't say about the origin or germiness of them but almost nobody seems to buy them- why pay for something that is free advertising for the store when they give you plastic bags by default?
What happens at job 2 - and most every place else is that the store's cloth or nylon versions (now featuring bright spring and summer graphics no one can resist) are offered right at the tills as an impulse buy like gum or candy bars. I've had people actually buy them on the spot and have their other purchases put in the new bag with the tag still on it. It's an instant additional couple bucks for the retailer on a imported Chinese item that likely cost them 5¢, the customer gushing all the way home about their environmental responsibility with little regard to the environment in China.
By the way, with July 1st approaching I noted leaving last night at the Canada Day display that the Canadian flags for sale are made in China. As a point of interest when I got home I checked and found that the US flag folded at the ready on my bookshelf was made in Raleigh, North Carolina.