Not the end of the bag story
I'm still getting e-mails about my reusable bag story Sunday. No, not ones saying you stupid tree hugger or, conversely, what a wonderful story; but e-mails that have actual information in them, my favorite kind.
Here's a sampling.
From Alice K.:
At the very end of your article they mentioned asking for a rebate when you brought your own bag but the store said they never heard of that. I normally shop at Super Fresh and recently (maybe 2 months ago) I noticed that I got $.02 cents for bag I used. Then I shopped at Giant and they gave $.03 cents for each bag. About 3 weeks ago, I noticed that it went up to $.05 cents at Giant. I asked them when that started and they told me it was raised that week.
When I first purchased my bags many months ago, I frequently forgot to take them into the store with me but since the rebates started, I bring them in every time. I am not sure why the stores have not been advertising this perk because I know I am not the only one who appreciates it.
Anyway, I thought I would bring the readers up to speed on the rebate issue.
From Ruth Alan:
Your story is featured today on oddtodd.com...daily stuff...daily good news!
From Mr. Old Fart: ...
Relative to your article on reusable bags, enclosed is a picture of something I got while in Germany many years ago. It is the beverage equivalent of reusable bags. As you can see it was made to hold six one liter bottles (2 liter soda bottles did not exist back then) and allow them to be carried home without clanking or breaking. I haven't seen anything like it here, but it is still useful.
From Dennis in Howard County:
I wanted to share with you something we face in Harford County. My wife and I use our own bags at the store and recycle our paper, plastic, etc. In Harford County private contractors pick up both your trash and recyclables. The major contractor, and ours, in Harford County, is Harford Sanitation. They require your recyclables to be in blue or clear plastic bags??
We inquired if we could just put them in a separate container (like a blue trash can designated for recyclables) but they said no, they must be in plastic bags.
Do other counties face this problem? It appears this helps to defeat the purpose of carrying your own bags into the grocery store since we have to obtain plastic bags in order to set out our recyclables.
I thought I would share this information with you in hopes that you may have a solution or other information.
From Molly K.:
Whole Foods Market has been encouraging customers to bring their own bags (BYOB) for quite some time. We give customers 5 cents for each bag brought to the store to be used for their groceries. It doesn't matter if the bag is from another store. On Earth Day last month, Whole Foods Markets gave away thousands of reusable fabric bags to encourage customers to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag).
We in the Mt Washington store were excited to have had, and sold out of, an exclusively designed reusable bag for Whole Foods Market by Lauren Bush, to benefit the FEED organization and UN World Food Program. Each bag purchased provides 100 nutritious school meals for hungry children in Rwanda. Made from 100% organic cotton and sustainable burlap they retail for $29.99. We should be getting more of them soon.
(Bag photo by Kim Hairston/Sun photographer; bottle carrier photo courtesy of Mr. Old Fart)