Monday, July 3, 2017

Reusable Grocery Bags, Summer Edition


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  1. I take my boat and totes to the store on Fridays to shop for our cottage and it vexes the cashiers. But i soldier on, its just so much easier to carry three totes in versus multiple plastic bags

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    1. I'm curious why it would vex them? In southern Maine it's encouraged and often expected that you will BYOB. Some towns have enacted ordinances that mandate that grocery stores charge you for each new bag.

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    2. Two reasons-

      I use the extra large sizes and they don't fit on the little silly banger pedestal thing that my local store switched to last year.

      The other is local culture. Very few people use reusable bags in my area because most of the population sees many uses for the plastic bags - for trash can liners, lunches, bundling twigs, doggie poop bags, etc. My extended family falls into this category.

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    3. I actually had problems taking my bags into Walmart one time, the woman at the door made a huge stink about me bringing my own bags in. Fortunately I don't shop there often, but it left a not so great impression for sure. They have gotten better about it since.

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    4. I use unbleached muslin bags which aren't very stiff so I usually end up holding the sides to make it easier for the checkout person to pack. They are always appreciative because none of the packing areas are designed for those types of bag handles. Self check out is the worst and takes the longest to get through when using your own bags. Even though "I brought my own bag" is an option on the screen, they seem to be adverse to bringing your own bags and require constant assistance from the attendant to clear the annoying message announcing that there's an "unexpected item in the bagging area." So much for a quick check out - it makes me absolutely crazy every time!

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  2. Can't go wrong with the Bean canvas tote. Susan

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  3. The uses for these are endless. I use them for storage in my closets, to haul supplies to the boat, for groceries, as laundry totes, to organize my birding supplies, to stash pet toys...I could go on and on. One of my favorite uses is to fill one with baby supplies for new mothers.

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    1. I love the idea of using the bags for new moms! Going to borrow that one.

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    2. I have also given them filled with baby stuff as shower gifts. Personally, I found the medium size to be perfect for an afternoon out, holding enough diapers/supplies and toys/books without being bulky.

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  4. Patagonia makes wonderful canvas totes in different sizes. Shops have best selection as opposed to online.

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  5. The best bags ever...and love that the Bean bags are still made in the USA!

    Also the small zip top bags cannot be beat for a casual summer handbag.

    A few summers back I got the novelty lobster version, which is just fun. Sometimes I use it for work and it stands out amongst all of the boring black bags there.

    --EM

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  6. I bought a Boat & Tote as my "souvenir" when visiting Freeport three Summers ago.... I get so many compliments about it back here in England. At my son's school summer fayre last weekend lo and behold I spotted a fellow Mother carrying one (hers in red, mine in navy). We exchanged a smile and a knowing look. They really are the best and I'm planning a big order to be shipped to me so I can use them for my groceries too - but LL Bean won't monogram for international orders. Disappointed to say the least. Perhaps I should travel all the way to Freeport just to stock up?

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  7. The XL zip top bags make great luggage. They are light weight and hold a lot of stuff.

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  8. What is the preferred method of cleaning boat and totes? I've hand washed them but it's a pain in the rear. Any thoughts on just putting them in the washing machine?? - PCC

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    1. I usually wash items like these in the dishwasher. Baseball caps, bags, flip flops....anything that won't like the agitation or spin cycle.

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    2. You can wash almost anything in the washing machine as long as the water is cold, and as long as you set them outside to dry.

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    3. I, too, have washed then in the washing machine. Mine has a 'hand wash' cycle, which is what I use. I set them outside to dry, as Michael recommends. The bags come out a bit wrinkled and slightly softened. Unless they are very dirty, though, I just spot clean them.

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    4. Good to know. I have several that are House to cottage and back again workhorses - clean and dirty laundry, catch alls for newspapers and mail, groceries, boots, etc that are in need of a good cleaning. I was debating buying new and regulating these to firewood/garage duty. Will try to machine wash them next week.

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  9. I have a front loading washer. Just toss them in and they slosh around and come out clean. I use them for groceries, firewood hauling, luggage, storage in the trunk of the car. Haven't worn one out yet.

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