This really bothered me. Yesterday I went shopping. I got a book, the woman was like “do you want your receipt in the bag. I laughed and told her I didn’t need a bag. Then I bought a coat. Same thing happened, I was like no, then put the coat on.
Why is it so standard to give out plastic bags when it’s totally unnecessary? Just a reminder that you can say no to adding to the garbage dump that is the North Pacific.
Although I myself try to be as sustainable as possible and try to carry around reusable bags, you have to remember that the ‘no-plastic bag’ initiative is generational… for example, my parents don’t really care about bringing reusable bags because they don’t even think twice about how wasteful plastic bags are. MANY older people aren’t accustomed to this yet, and could you imagine if stores just completely stopped giving out plastic bags? Even I myself forget to bring a bag sometimes… so as much as it sucks I don’t really think we can rule them out yet
@nikkif, Agreed, sometimes you’ll need a bag and I’m guilty of that. While eventually an alternative would be nice, the point I’m getting at is that they even give you bags when it is clearly unnecessary. I had two free hands and was perfectly capable of carrying one book!
@tlrlittle, Well having worked retail and food for 5+ years in a row, I can tell you that where it is NOT necessary to offer a bag (like in a gas station and fast food pizza place), that I usually would just automatically bag things because we’re pressured to constantly be in a hurry and every single tiny hiccup was a really big annoyance to me personally (I’m pretty impatient), so I just shoved stuff in a bag in case they asked for one and I already happened to be across the lobby doing something else.
Not that this is a good reason. I’m just saying, if you only have a couple items at a gas station and they just automatically bag it for you, it’s for that reason. To save them the annoyance.
@notsocleverusername, As a former pigeon of the Rite Aid corporation I can most definitely validate that.
Right Aid pigeons don’t give a shit about your groceries and would rather you put them all back into your stupid little baskets and just get out of my face so I can take care of the next angry impatient shopper thank you!
I guess I just wanted to remind everyone to be aware and that you can turn down that silly bag. Coming from Canada I had quite the opposite experience actually. There they charge for bags, and once when I asked for a bag after paying the guy said no, “bags are expensive”
@heedthem, Makes sense
@tlrlittle, Sometimes, it’s good to publicly suggest more environmentally-sound options via social media. Companies spend billions on marketing and most have entire teams that take suggestions and feedback on social media and apply it to the company model.
@tlrlittle, Yep, I hear you. To share my perspective…. Those tedious, non-rewarding, thankless, low-paying jobs get boring! So the humanoid goes into auto-pilot, saying the same thing over and over, un-knowing of their broken-record and completely autonomous grind.
Anything free has a logo on it. Plastic bags, paper, the next big breakthrough in green tech-material-bag will have a logo on it. Ever get a free T-shirt? lol….
In some areas, (Portland, OR) is one, they have banned the use of those old style plastic bags in favor of recycled paper.
I’m sorry I just have to leave this here:
But really though, plastic bags are shit. There was this one time I FORGOT MY BAG and just carried all my shit out without one… I was practically dropping my stuff everywhere, and I got a lot of weird looks. I hope it made people think though