If you are getting your food delivered, picking up your grocery supply, working as a food deliverer, picking up food from a food bank, or just picking up food for a friends or family, the question remains - ‘paper or plastic?’ During our pandemic there’s another choice that many retailers and customers prefer - no bags at all

Retailers recognize the added risk of customers bringing in their own bags into stores (an added risk of spreading the virus). Customers who like to use their own bags are asked to leave their cloth or reusable plastic bags in their cars bagging up merchandise when they get to their vehicles. Bringing personal bags inside stores is now considered a health risk. Retailers want customers who are well so they can purchase things..Even before the pandemics some stores frowned on bags in carts because it was thought to encourage theft. The tax on bags is for the most part been lifted during the pandemic. A fee for using supplied bags is no longer in place. This impact on stores bottom line could have an influence  Whatever the reason there are many benefits to transferring merchandise back to your cart and bagging at your car.

Reasons to no bag:

Preventing the spread of Coronavirus

The main benefit of course is helping to flatten the curve. The pandemic is fueled by how many people carry the virus and spread it to others.In the pandemic. Another reason is that it helps us to shift our thinking towards altruism (to think about  our neighbors, our community, our cities, our world). Shopping is a perfect opportunity for the virus to spread. We go to a shared space, communally see and touch produce and are encouraged to communicate with others. When you bring your own bag the virus can be spread from surface to surface inside the store. The virus is also spread when  baggers handle reusable bags and then handle the next customers bags. When any reusable container is brought into a store expect to be told not to use it in most stores. Other examples besides bags are reusable travel mugs and any container used for bin buying. 

Faster: 

Your fellow shoppers will appreciate how you are speeding up the checkout line. You can help put things in your cart, which is faster than having one person trying to sort your groceries (heaviest, lightest - hot - cold. ) You can quickly help the ‘bagger’ put the food back in your cart. Because 4 hands are better than two. Helping your bagger contribute to the ‘lets help each other out’ mentality

The use of a stronger structure:

What’s stronger than any bag? Your cart. Carts are stronger and durable than any bag. When transporting your bought items from the store to your car there is much less chance of them being damaged or squished because they are going into a large reinforced metal cart. The carts are cleaner than bags as well because they are methodically sanitized by workers at stores: A simple spray down with windex or bleach you bring yourself can also ensure shopping that is more virus free. 

 

Bags that are made available.

When you shop and are dependent on bags that the store provides, your options are often limited during the pandemic.:

One use Plastic  bags:

Some stores only have single use plastic bags.because they are less costly and encourage disposability. Disposability is considered less of a health risk because, when a bag is tossed it is assumed that if that bag was harboring the virus it will no longer be handled. It is usually not considered that plastic one use bags will most likely end up as litter because they are light weight and thought of as trash. They are intended to be not used again. They are flimsy and tear easily. Once thrown away, single use plastic bags are torn and eventually become particles. This means they will become part of the toxic soup in our oceans, an inorganic detractor in soil, ingested by wildlife, or forced to become part of an ecosystem. .

Paper bags:

Paper bags are made from a limited natural resource. A resource we need. As global warming escalates we should consider that trees mitigate the onset and help us sustain our planet.  

Double bagging:  If you have purchased a heavier item you might need to ask for too paper bags as paper usually can’t hold heavier items. Doubling the the energy intake needed to make your bag.If paper bags are your choice it is very important to reuse them. Paper bags can be used to  store and organize small objects that need to be kept together. Some ideas are Christmas decorations or other items used once a year.Storing pet food or dried food is also a good use for paper bags. Paper doesn’t have the toxins found in plastics that could end up dissolving into your food. Also, paper doesn’t sweat the food so the food will store longer without being dehydrated.

 

 

No bags