Comments On - Package-free Shopping

Austin banned disposable plastic shopping bags. I always reused them for trash bags, but still had an excess and learned how to crochet baskets from them. (My trash can is made from crocheted plastic bags) Then I suddenly had no bags at all for trash and it made me take a look at reusing produce bags and other packaging in place of the grocery sacks. Now I only use bags with holes, like for potatoes, to make baskets. I admit that I get a little happy when a family member from another state sends a package and uses plastic grocery bags for packing material. So while I have definitely reduced waste, I also miss the plastic bags.
Alia, Austin, TX
Posted: 9/12/2014 8:59:42 AM
What effect would it have on the soil, and plants, if I shred those styrofoam containers and use it instead of perlite or vermiculite?
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 4/1/2014 9:23:16 PM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 5/29/2012 8:54:26 PM
I recently saw some pieces on shows like CNN and the journal with Joan Lunden on PBS that were talking about issues and solutions for industrial recycling. This eliminates even having to have the conversation. There are cross contamination issues with allergies and bug issues to deal with but if this can be figured out, it could be a cool idea. If they came to LA I'd make it my go to.
ldavis, sherman oaks, AR
Posted: 9/12/2011 12:44:50 PM
Talk about history repeating itself. Way back when, the old grocery stores very very often bought in bulk and dispensed everything to buyers locally in re-usable sacks and containers.

Then, our local and federal government decided to step in and save us from ourselves requiring "safe" packaging and handling.

We are now moving back to bulk purchasing and using our own or re-usable containers for shopping from local grocers.
BigBear, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/15/2011 7:49:59 PM
Bulk buying is a great concept. It requires a little more time for handling and storage at home. I just not sure in the hurry scurry society that we live in that folks will really want to take the extra time however small it is to buy in bulk. I certainly hope our country can get turned around and get back to the basics for living life. We have become a slave to our technology.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/12/2011 5:59:59 AM
Interesting concept. Looks like we're going back to the good old days!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/9/2011 11:52:59 PM
Very cool and trendy concept. I wish them well. I can only imagine the learning curve there will be for their customers. It may turn off a lot of people, but for those who understand and appreciate the idea, I'm sure it will become a fast favorite.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 8/9/2011 10:22:01 AM
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