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Aug. 8th, 2008

01:14 am - Carrier bags

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From:susannahf
Date:August 8th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
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Tesco's have actually been giving out "green" clubcard points for reusing bags for years. I regularly get clubcard vouchers for "Bags for Life" from them too.
I agree that shops with "post-office" queues (here, it's Sainsbury rather than Tesco) do make it difficult to reuse bags, but I find that I can pack my bag myself without too much difficulty. Of course, it's annoying when the cashier insists in putting your stuff into a carrier when it's clear that you're taking it back out to put it in your bag.
Oh, and btw, the "double-bagging" doesn't get you extra points. They tend to give you as many points as bags that you would have used if you used carriers. So I frequently get multiple points for using my big wheelie bag.
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From:shuripentu
Date:August 8th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
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They also give a points estimate for the use of non-carrier bags? Cool. *will remember to poke them next time she does a shop* We always get our shopping in rucksacks since it's just the most efficient way to carry heavy loads long distances. I never understood the concept of carrying all your shopping in your hands, unless you're specifically after really fantastic forearms. :D
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 8th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
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I generally have more shopping than will fit in my rucksack (since it's not designed for camping trips), and if I come back by bus then I don't have to carry the stuff very far. Having said that, I'm less interested in my forearms, and more concerned about losing circulation in my fingers!
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From:shuripentu
Date:August 8th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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We also use cloth carrier bags for any overflow, particularly of light and bulky items like Kleenex. :)
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 8th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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That's interesting to know about Tesco's, thanks - the guy at the checkout asked me whether I had a clubcard, but I didn't have it to hand, so I didn't realise I'd get points that way.

As for Sainsbury's, whenever I go there they ask me how many bags I've reused; I normally double-bag if I have heavy items in there (e.g. a couple of 2L bottles of Coke), so it's a bit of a judgement call as to when it's absolutely necessary.
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