Letter: Ways around use of plastic shopping bags

Pandemic prompts temporary waive of Salmon Arm’s plastic bag ban

After years of trying to convert people from using plastic grocery bags to re-usable cloth ones, COVID-19 has forced us back to the plastic.

So now we all have mountains of these flimsy green things with limited use.

Here’s a suggestion: Ask the check-out clerk to pack you groceries directly back into the shopping cart, no bags. At the car, transfer them to your own reusable plasticized cloth ones. For two weeks now I have been doing this and it works.

When at the car, all perishable items can go straight into insulated cooler bags while the rest can be pre-sorted, saving some of that step back home.

Overall it takes no longer, with fewer steps, probably using less energy – and we can return to our established recycling shopping practices.

Barbara Grier

READ MORE: Salmon Arm retailers press plastic bags back into service

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