>>879468 >>879455 why the fuck do people obsess over plastic bags? is it especially a woman thing? my gf kept them all in the boiler cupboard and i had to keep throwing them out because nobody used them. she kept using them as bin liners but they all had little holes so all the bin juice went everywhere. fuck plastic bags i take an old pillowcase with me when i go shopping.
>>879475 >is it especially a woman thing? I'm going to go with this.
You actually just made me remember the genesis of this thing coming to be behind my sink. She used to keep them stuffed in the cupboard above the fridge. I bitched and moaned and would throw them all away when it got to the point that the doors wouldn't shut flush, and then we'd repeat the process. This was her compromise. We'd only keep enough to keep it full. I remember asking her why we needed them in the first place and she just got flustered and walked away. Its weird.
>>879475 >why the fuck do people obsess over plastic bags?
You should be abusing plastic grocery bags; Hoard the shit out of them because they're something that won't be around forever.
It's the sweetest deal that I'm sure is going to go away in our lifetime. You get bags that have to be worth around $0.25 a piece for free and these bags are versatile. I use plastic bags grocery store bags for everything:
>Scooping cat shit into >Lunch bags >Trash bags in my office waste bin >Bagging various electronics together, keeping it all sorted nice and neat. >Packing material for shipping things
That's just a few things off the top of my head.
To be perfectly honest with you, at this point, plastic bags SHOULD go away. Everybody should be forced to use those reusable cloth bags for hauling groceries because it's better for the environment and it saves the stores a bunch of money, but, man oh man, the plastic bag deal is so great. You get so much value out of free bags. They don't even care. You can ask for bags to be double-bagged and even ask for bags, they're just giving them away. We're going to be talking about this someday. "REMEMBER WHEN STORES HAD FREE PLASTIC BAGS?"
>>879486 >>Scooping cat shit into funny you should say, council gave us a food waste bin with about 500 tiny plastic bags that were pretty much dog shit bags so she used them for her cat. I resent having to wipe my own ass no fucking way i'm cleaning up something elses shit >>Lunch bags what you thrown your lunch in a fucking bag? you don't have any tubberware for your sandwich? >>Trash bags in my office waste bin what do you put in your office bin that you can't put in it without a liner? i hope you aren't eating at your keyboard anon! >>Bagging various electronics together, keeping it all sorted nice and neat. nice and neat fucking kek in a plastic bag? shoeboxes mate. >>Packing material for shipping things i did have a trash bag full of packing peanuts i kept because my parents kept saying it would be handy. i threw it out after a year because nobody used it. wait, do you actually stuff plastic bags in as packing material? sounds like a pretty good way to pawn them off on someone else... good thinking anon.
>>879486 my grandmother would take as many ketchup packets as she could any time we'd go to a restaurant. I understood to an extent. Its "free" and as somebody that came up during the shittiest of shit economic times it just made sense.
And to an extent she was right. You can more or less take as many condiment packets, napkins, straws, hotel toiletries and everything else as much as you like. And she did. She hasn't been on vacation in a decade and I still find tiny shampoo bottles by the sink when I go to visit her.
At some point though, enough has to be enough. I'm sure we saved some money on ketchup growing up, but at the cost of hundreds of ketchup packets falling out of the door shelves every time I opened the fridge.
Obviously this stuff isn't really free, as somebody eats the cost, but ignoring that for a moment sometimes enough is enough. I don't doubt that free plastic bags will disappear from stores at some point. They already have at low cost places like Aldis. With that being said, I can't see myself looking back wishing I took more while the gettin was good. All those things listed I already have covered with other, often time reusable items, around the house.
Thats just my opinion though. Get as many as you need, friend.
I lived with my grandparents growing up. There was always a stack of napkins, taller than me, with mcdonalds/burgerking/etc printed on them.
When I needed butter or jelly for my toast it came in the small packets that you see stacked in the little boxes at your table in the restaurant.
The ketchup I already touched upon, but it was always kept company in the with mustard, taco sauce, mayo and tarter sauce packets. Not a single person in the house liked or ever ate mayo or tarter sauce on anything, but better to be prepared.
When you wanted a drink you filled the hard plastic cup that previously held beer or coke from all the Colts games we went to. I still have old Hoosier/RCA Dome cups that have long since faded to plain white plastic.
If you were feeling fancy and wanted an actual glass you reached for the shelf that had all the former jelly jars, cleaned and unlabeled.
I could go on like this forever. They were very clean neat freaks and the furtherst thing from hoarders that you could be, but they grew up with nothing and if it was "free" or reusable it found a place in their home. Its funny looking back on it, but I'm not really knocking it either. I think theres something to take away from some of that.
Now let me as a swede, coming from the home of IKEA, to explain this. 1. Yes it is for plastic bags. 2. Here you'll have to pay for your plastic bags at the grocery store (equivalent of about 20 dollar cent). 3. On the other hand, the grocery bags are surprisingly good, much better than the once I would get while living in the UK (where 2-3 layers of bag would be required to hold up to anything). 4. This means that, yes, people reuse bags: I'm planning a weekend trip, in the bag goes one bag for dirty clothes and one for that extra pair of shoes. I also use them in all trashcans in the house.
>>879514 For what it's worth here in the states most stores have free plastic bags that are like the cheap ones you describe, however there are a few that have better quality ones that they charge for... aldi's comes to mind... also most places sell cloth reusable bags, sometimes even offering some kind of incentive for doing so...
>>879475 Opposite here. I like to keep a good handful of them in the closet to use as trash bags or small garbage bags. Bitch actively throws them away and then complains there isn't a bag in the trash.
>>879475 >my gf kept them all in the boiler cupboard and i had to keep throwing them out because nobody used them. God dammit. The reason they make those things is that so you can collect a bunch and then fucking recycle them.
>>879486 >Everybody should be forced to use those reusable cloth bags for hauling groceries because it's better for the environment
Fuck having to bring reusable bags with you everywhere you go because you might decide you need to stop at the store and buy something. And fuck having to have 20 of the damn things when you make your main grocery trip.
>>879486 This is now in Tasmania. They banned disposable plastic bags. Some small shops still carry plastic bags but they need to be fancy approved biodegradable bags so they're no good. They fall apart in your cupboard because they're meant to fall apart by themselves.
The major supermarkets don't have bags at all now. I have to buy plastic bags anyway now for the bin because women get shitty about bin juice in the outside bin. If it starts to smell, just blast it with piss but noooo best to just wrap all the rubbish in plastic.
>>879625 I didn't know you could recycle the bags, certainly our city recycling centre doesn't have a bin for them. Canvas bags are stupidly huge, take a pillow case My parents kept stuff in bags in the attic and they fall apart after 7 or 8 years
>>879687 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG9pMN8KIMg it is literally this beautiful all the time, no matter where you are, you can be in the middle of the city, five minutes walk away you are standing in this.
>>879453 Appears to be some type of dispenser, you can see the holes in back where you would hang it on a wall, usually inside those dispensers are bags filled with something like liquid soap or something, and at the bottom is where the sprocket would be.
>>879622 Thats them. At least some of them. I don't think we had any glassware that didn't have Welchs on them.
I actually found them years later in a flea market that wasn't really near where we lived. Not ones like them, but mine from when I was a kid. My wife didn't believe they were my exact ones but they were with a ton of commemorative Apollo 11 glasses that my grandmother also had a shitload of, and some commemorative muppets glasses that came from McDonalds.
I asked my grandmother and sure enough at some point she game them to a friend who keeps a booth in a flea market.
>>879514 Same thing here in Western Siberia, AKA Finland. Plastic bags are of a good quality, truly reusable as they cost you hard earned monie$. In foreign countries people have to suffer from shitty thin bags that don't last...
>>879486 Plastic bags are not as bad for the environment as many people think. Yes, it is true they take very long to decompose, but they are also much easier to manufacture and transport than paper bags or larger reusable bags, which means drastically reduced emissions. And for the amount of plastic each one uses, they are actually more conservative than reusable plastic bags because those break before you could get the equivalent number of uses as if it were made into 1000 disposable plastic bags
>>879514 UK just switched to pay-for bags, which are now £0.10 and good (everywhere that's not Sainsbury's) or £0.05 and shit (Sainsbury's). It's now unlawful to give away a bag shaped like a carrier bag, or sell one for less than £0.05 .
Bring a busted bag back to the shop it came from, and they'll give you a new one.
This shit is stupid, people have like a bag full of plastic bags or one of these dumb fuckers like they are actually going to need some mass amount of bags at any given time, but clearly when the amount of bags you are hoarding becomes such an issue they had to invent this thing, no you don't use them.
Just put them in the recycling as soon as you get them, and if you have to pay for them or whatever you should have bought reusable bags anyway.
>all these people that had a problem with these How fucking hard do you guys find life lol. You just keep it full and use em when you need em, if you go shopping and bring home more bags than you can store, you throw em away. Repeat ad infinitum. So fucking hard.
>>883505 >Now I can leave one outside and forget about it on the edge of my patio for 6 months and when I go to pick it up it starts flaking apart into tiny pieces. Then it becomes microplastic which take much longer to decompose...
>Or heaven forbid you actually take them to the recycle center. I don't think that applies to the majority.
>>880363 i tote my old pillowcase with pride it has a rocket ship on it from an old bedspread that is too small for my bed now. i still keep it for guests. when i pull it out at the self service checkouts the ladies are dripping at the mouth.
>>883505 Takes hundreds of years to decompose. The problem with them is that they fall apart and leave plastic particles all over the fucking place that animals eat, gets into the ocean and water supply, clogs shit, etc. etc.
>>883792 The reusable bags also need to be washed every week or more, and lots of people aren't bothering. They get covered in filth and disease and then you bring your nice new groceries in with them. Nasty.
And they do take a LOT more energy to produce. You end up with $20 or $30 for a nice bag that's not going to fall apart in a couple months. Vs literally less than a cent for a plastic bag.
That is a LOT of plastic bags for the cost of ONE reusable bag, and you need say, four reusable bags.
Would you really go through 8,000 plastic bags before your set of reusable bags gets too gross and frayed?
There is SO little energy and material in plastic bags I am really hard pressed to believe they are more wasteful.
Maybe we need to sell people UV bag decomposers then they can get a little tray of bag dust to take to the recycler once a decade.
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