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    • Efforts to encourage folks to bring their own bags to a store have backfired.

      "A Canadian store’s attempt to help the environment and gently shame its customers into avoiding plastic bags by printing embarrassing messages on them has not gone quite as planned.

      Far from spurring customers to bring their own reusables, the plastic bags — variously emblazoned with “Dr. Toews’ Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The Colon Care Co-op” — have become somewhat of a surprise hit."

      At least the efforts are drawing attention to plastic and the need to reduce our use of it. The store is thinking about printing the slogans on canvas bags instead.

    • I heard this story on NPR. I was surprised at the reaction.

      I shop at Whole Foods and they dropped plastic bags a long time ago. I have been using reusable bags there (forever) and have finally switched to reusable bags wherever I shop. I keep a stash of bags in my car; if I happen to forget to bring bags in to the store with me it's a quick run out to the car to get a bag.

      I should have switched to reusable bags much sooner than I did. What finally triggered me to change was that some of the towns around me banned plastic bags. The reusable bags are stronger and somewhat larger than the old plastic bags. I've also started using reusable (small) produce bags instead of the thin plastic bags available in stores.

      I don't know what took me so long to switch.

    • Hahaha, you have to admit that's hilarious! I can see these bags becoming collectors items. At least it draws attention to the plastic bag problem.

    • I have a HUGE collection of fabric totes and use them for my grocery shopping and even just carrying around an umbrella or a cardigan. I also bring a small canvas tote with me when traveling - plastic bags are no longer given out in Paris, for instance, so having a little totebag to put things in is SO useful!