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Resolution: Reuse

By Paige Brady, January 13, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
Pick up a newspaper, open a magazine or log on to the internet and everywhere people are talking about ways to “go green in 2009.” Yeah! The more the merrier. A simple way to get all of your friends and family involved in saving our planet is by reusing shopping bags. If you are like me, you visited a relative (who will remain unnamed) over the holidays who doesn’t recycle or reuse anything. Felt like the dark ages! It’s time to introduce them to A Better Bag! Made from a special fabric woven from recycled PET pellets (from #1 plastic bottles) and coated through a new, innovative process, A Better Bag is 10 times stronger and will last longer than any reusable non-cotton bag previously available — estimated to replace about 1,000 single-use plastic bags over its lifetime. At only 99 cents for the large bags and 79 cents for the lunch-size, A Better Bag makes keeping a resolution to love your environment almost too easy! Little known fact: The lunch-size bags were specifically designed to fit a prepared food container flat in the bottom. Awesome!! These bags bring new meaning to the phrase “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” A Better Bag reduces future plastic consumption by creating a unique reusable shopping bag made from post consumer recycled plastic water bottles. Don’t forget to reuse bags for all of your shopping – not just at the grocery store!
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Watty says ...
Either the separate items could be put in separate bags or maybe start selling bags like Ikea that are for cold food purchases that close too maybe? Just a thought. Love the new bags, but have 8 bags from ikea (the stand up bags, and 4 blue bags...can you tell where I work? LOL) Will be at WF tomorrow though, these bags are so cute I might have to sneak a couple into my car (especially since hubby won't be with me!) I hate going to the store in his car, and realizing I didn't bring any bags in his car...a few might have to stay in his car too! Yep, I think I just talked myself into a few more bags! LOL
01/13/2009 6:29:40 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Bryan It's a good suggestion and I'll pass it along to our bag design team. :)
01/13/2009 5:56:45 PM CST
Bryan Fuhr says ...
I really like my new bag, but I wish that it was it separated hot and cold food items. Is there a plan to produce a reusable bag to do that?
01/13/2009 5:54:30 PM CST
Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. says ...
I bought one of those bags. I also re-use my paper bags again and again and again until they break, or use them to collect the trash that goes in the recycling bin. You know... I thought about it... it cost only 99 cents. on the other hand, I do most of my shopping at WF and spend a lot of money there. It could have been nice to recieve one bag as a gift... let's say for a purchase over a certain amount of $$$ (I support you guys and what you do at WF stores even though it stretches my food budget a long way). Just a thought.
01/13/2009 3:49:14 PM CST
Jamie says ...
I use woven bags all the time at stores. It amazes me how many times I have to explain to sales associates that I want my items put in these bags. They look at me like I'm from a foreign country or something. The only places where I don't get that are grocery stores. I like how grocery stores also give you a small credit for using them!
01/13/2009 3:13:48 PM CST
Gina says ...
I agree with the idea of getting a bag free with a minimum purchase. It would definitely help with my budget. I love to use my reusable bags and I get so aggravated when I forget them at home (which is easy to do when you have a baby at home :-)
01/14/2009 6:30:10 PM CST
zuleika says ...
i keep hearing great thing about these bags is there any way to purchase them online
01/14/2009 7:43:13 PM CST
Kim says ...
I bought many of the smaller bags and used them at Christmas as gift bags. I shredded junk mail and used that as colorful filler in the bottom and tied the handles clothed with some cute little cloth bows from fabric scraps. Everyone (teachers, my mom, my sister, neighbors, etc) who got their gift in one raved more about the bag than the gift! Incidentally, they are also less expensive than almost any "real" gift bag that I can think of.
01/14/2009 7:59:49 PM CST
Sharisse says ...
I think that is a great idea about Whole Foods offering the bags free for a certain amount of money spent. I spend a lot of money every week at Whole Foods and it would be a great incentive.
01/14/2009 9:09:45 PM CST
Ellen says ...
I have two sets of four reusable bags - one set lives in my car, one in my husband's - that way I've always got some with me. It took a while to persuade my husband that reusable bags were worth the "hassle" of taking them into the store but he was won over eventually when he saw the drastic drop in the number of plastic grocery bags in the recycling bin. I would love some that are insulated, though, to keep cold/frozen from warming up on the drive home. Any chance of producing those? It'd also be nice to have bags that could close - a zipper or a flap or something. Also, have you considered giving a bag away with a certain minimum purchase? Or giving a small discount to shoppers who bring their own bags - where I used to live, a grocery did that and it really got people's attention.
01/15/2009 1:55:45 AM CST
Marion Brizendine says ...
I have a zillion of these bags...all full of yarn... too full to empty before I go to my favorite Whole Foods store...oh what to do, what to do, oh I know...I'll buy another one. I love my WF store, 91 and Metcalf, Overland Park KS
01/15/2009 9:50:28 AM CST
Rainbow Tree says ...
these recycled bags make the perfect gift wrap! For the holidays I purchased about 20 bags, 10 small and 10 large. All of the homemade goodies i baked and created from breads to cookies and everything in between went in these incredible bags. I've done this for the last several years with the bags from Whole Foods but these ones are by far the most adorable and awareness raising. If you price it, to purchase a single paper gift bag from a retail shop would cost anywhere from $1.99 to $10.00 depending on size, style and decorations. These are under a dollar, serve a purpose and go for a cause.. a green cause! It doesn't get much better than that. My kitty cats love them as well. We have at least 3 of the Whole Food bags for our kittens & cats to play in and around. A couple of the kitties even like being carried around the house in them. :-) We use these bags for everything, from over night trips, toys, gift bags, storage, veggie carriers when I'm working out in the garden and on and on the list goes! I think everyone should have at least a dozen on hand!
01/15/2009 2:24:51 PM CST
Michelle says ...
There's a trade-off between a bag made of recycled bottles (which I love), and a bag that can be crushed down really small and fit in my purse ( http://www.breezybags.com is one example). I like having 5 full sized bags in my purse, but they are made out of nylon, a non-renewable, but my bags will last me many, many years. That's a long time and a whole lot of plastic bags that I WON'T be taking at the checkout.
01/20/2009 12:55:00 PM CST
SL says ...
Reusable bags are a no-brainer - they're cheap, convenient and available. Reusable produce bags are my next step; however, I haven't been able to find a WF employee who knows how to take off a tare weight that's not pre-programmed. I buy bulk veggies and grains (spinach, potatoes etc) and use my mesh or canvas produce bag and always end up paying for the veggies plus the weight of my bag b/c nobody knows how to deduct the tare weight that's printed on the bag. On the WF website, it says you can bring your own container for the salad bar to customer service where they will get the tare weight and it will be deducted at the register. Maybe employees could be taught how to do this? Even sell these types of bags - keep them stocked in the produce section and bulk foods section? Just a suggestion in the form of a slight complaint.
01/21/2009 1:36:21 PM CST
Donna says ...
I love my reusable bags and am in the habit of grabbing them before I enter the store. So my question is... can you come up with reusable produce and bulk bags?! Or offer ones that compost? Same with the plastic containers in the bulk area. I stand around weighing the evils of one set of packaging ove the other all the time. Please help!
01/26/2009 5:11:43 PM CST
Phoebe says ...
Hi. I have a number of these bags that I enjoy using, including a few that will soon need to be retired. What should I do with my old bags -can I return them to any Whole Foods for recycling?
01/28/2009 1:03:04 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Phoebe The bags are made of 80% post-recycled PET bottles and 20% polypropylene - unfortunately, because of the mixed plastic content, there are no facilities currently available to recycle these bags and they cannot be recycled.
01/28/2009 3:18:50 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Donna We are looking into sourcing biodegradable bags and bags made from higher post consumer recycled content. Biodegradable bags are generally made from GMO corn. It’s unfortunate that these bags are presented as an environmentally sensitive or sustainable alternative to plastic, as they are generally made with non-organic, genetically engineered corn. In addition, many of the bags available at this time are not sturdy or cost effective. We are confident that with increased consumer awareness and demand, we will be able to purchase bags that are more environmentally friendly and that meet our standards for price and quality.
01/27/2009 11:27:53 AM CST
Louise says ...
Let's think about "reduce, reuse, recycle". The best "green solution" is to reduce. Do we really need to separately bag all the produce we buy? Perhaps we could simply put the apples, pineapples, potatoes directly in the large shopping bag without using up a separate plastic bag? Of course there are some items which are messy or too unwieldy, but I'm sure if we think about it we can "reduce" our consumption of produce bags.
01/28/2009 10:53:16 AM CST
Diana Nims says ...
I love my bags. However, I have busted holes in the bottom corner of some of them. Can they be recycled?
01/23/2009 12:34:39 AM CST
Diana Nims says ...
I love my bags. I have people come up to me at other stores when they see my bags and ask where I got them. I have busted holes in the corners of several of my bags. Can they be recycled?
01/23/2009 12:35:48 AM CST
Heather Thomas says ...
I don't have a Whole Foods Market close, but I love the shopping bags that I see on Top Chef. I use the ones from WM/Target for everything. Is there a way to purchase them online? Or can they only be purchased in a store? Thanks you.
11/20/2009 11:33:26 AM CST
donna l says ...
How many plastic bottles does it take to make one of these bags? Just curious....
03/06/2010 11:12:14 AM CST
Dave says ...
Do you carry trash bags that are biogradable? Thank you.
06/03/2010 3:30:22 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Dave While I know we have these is some of our stores, check with your local store to be sure because our product mix does vary by location. Thanks!
06/04/2010 7:02:42 AM CDT

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