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Heidi says ...
Oh my...I haven't washed my bags, but they are so new, they haven't all been used. But, I think washing them will be better than not doing anything at all. Some might not be overused, but they definately would be more safe if decontaminated at least.
08/19/2010 6:40:55 PM CDT
Joachim says ...
Well done on using that report with a positive spin and a useful takeaway rather than just slamming the report! That said, we should keep things in perspective. The amount of crap on our everyday devices, ESPECIALLY cell-phones (that we happily stick to our faces) is far more worrying than what you can find in those bags. And as you rightly point out - this is nature. We should get over this whole kill all germs thing. It's pointless. It won't happen. No matter what you spray or try (and the more you spray and disinfect, the less resistant your body becomes and the more likely your body is to react negatively to those chemicals you've used). So kudos to pointing out the obvious (keep repeatedly used items reasonably clean) and don't get too crazy about germs...
08/19/2010 7:34:24 PM CDT
Liz says ...
We wash our bags regularly. All of my bags are carefully chosen in the nylon or cloth style. That makes them really easy to wash, with no sign of wear or tear. We use the bags for everything (dirty clothes when traveling, my husband's bike gear, my dogs toys, leashes, etc) so it is really important that they are washable in our family. I also have the 3B bags for my produce which are machine washable - indispensable addition to my collection.
08/19/2010 7:43:02 PM CDT
Elena says ...
Whole Foods: Please bring back more of the "older" style of reusable bags (the Bananas/Flour/Grapes/Apples/Coffee/Oysters series) because that material washes better.
08/19/2010 8:26:29 PM CDT
Anna says ...
Great tip! I will probably toss mine in the wash this evening. My collection is pretty crazy too. It seems like every time I go to a convention, I'll pick up a handful of bags because most of the vendors have them now with logos for their business.
08/20/2010 11:00:18 AM CDT
Chrs says ...
Washable bags are the best - we like machine washable produce bags from Bite (www.sustainablebite.com) and grocery bags like Envirosax.
08/22/2010 1:47:55 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Surrounding all of the buzz on this topic, we wrote an FAQ on how to clean reusable bags. The best methods vary depending on the material the bag is made out of. We’d also love to hear any ideas that we may have missed. You can see the FAQ at: http://www.bulletinbag.com/faqs/washing-reusable-bags.html There’s not much information out there on how to keep bags clean–just that you SHOULD keep them clean, so hopefully our FAQ can help some of you out there :)
08/25/2010 1:18:49 PM CDT
Ebba says ...
Thank you. I recently washed my bags in the washer on very gentle light and they came out a little wrinkled and lost their stiffness which helps keep them upright when full. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep them clean without losing this?
08/29/2010 12:54:35 PM CDT
Rebecca says ...
PLEASE BRING BACK THE LARGE SHERYL CROW BETTER BAG. There are only small ones at the store. I felt they were better quality. the new bags are not as good quality as the new ones you have out with the basket design.
09/14/2010 12:30:31 AM CDT
Isabelle says ...
Yes, it only makes sense, doesn't it? Gotta wash out the grime.:)
10/13/2010 7:01:53 PM CDT
Debi Maes says ...
Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it's driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.
05/03/2011 6:45:33 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Debi: We actually don't use anything special.....we simply manually read through all the comments.
05/04/2011 10:53:56 AM CDT
Louisa says ...
Is Paige a staffer? I was searching ways to wash the bags, and she wrote a post and does not know the procedure? Is it posted anywhere?
05/31/2011 11:23:08 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Louisa: Thank you for your question. I recommend simply using an eco-friendly cleaning spray and a cloth......nothing too difficult or complicated.
06/02/2011 10:02:23 PM CDT
name-brand says ...
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11/03/2011 2:16:27 AM CDT
mara says ...
I love whole foods. the brand new store in del Mar is an absolute beautiful, positive, wonderful experience to shop at. Not only is the energy phenomenal, the staff is incredible knowledgeble and very helpful. I am so impressed ! I don't need valet parking, but it's available for those who need it ! Awesome ! I am looking for the 2012 spring reusable bag. It's the one with the pink rooster. very colorful. "support local farmers" written on it. Are they anywhere still available? like to buy 6. thanks you
03/03/2013 6:30:13 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARA - Thanks for your great feedback about the new location in Del Mar...glad you are enjoying it! Unfortunately, since you are looking for an older edition of our Better Bag, this has probably sold out at most of our locations. We can sometimes hunt down the bags if it is last seasons bag but I have not seen any of these in our office.
03/04/2013 1:04:14 PM CST
Evi Blueth says ...
I would like to get some of the thin bags you sell with recycled fibers made from plastic bottles. They just slip over the arm and are terrific. I don't live in a city so want to order the pretty ones online as gfits etc.
06/08/2013 9:38:14 AM CDT
Tammy Donohue says ...
I live in Olympia WA and we don't have Whole Market Foods here and I want to get some of these bags. Is there a way to order them online anywhere?
10/04/2013 11:22:26 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TAMMY - We do not currently offer online ordering for our Better Bags, but we do have a store in Austin that can ship these for you. You can call them directly at 512-542-2243 for info and they can possibly send you photos of what styles they have in stock.
10/07/2013 4:26:06 PM CDT
LLG says ...
I wish I had read this before I threw out my bags. I didn't even think to wash them as I didn't think they would hold up. I've rinsed them out before and it just seemed like they weren't the same. Guess I'll go buy more and try washing them and hanging them out to dry when it's time. Thanks for this article. Great reminders!
11/04/2013 10:46:14 AM CST

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