Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bacteria to go . . .

Paying for reusable bags? Grocery store reusable bags? Pet Supermarket gave me a great reusable bag the last time I shopped there.

That is how it should be done, Publix, Winn Dixie, etc. Don't charge the customer who is willing to help you go green by toting your reusable bags back to your bricks and mortar location. Give away those reusable bags and watch the gratitude in operation.

I will take my reusable (and free) bag back to Pet Supermarket every time I go. I was amazed by the gesture and said so to the cashier. He told me that they travel well. They should travel with me when I shop elsewhere, too. We both laughed but he was speaking truly.

I will wash my bag, however. A recent study(click here) of reusable bags (which were being carried by actual, live shoppers) randomly tested them for bacterial contamination. The testing was carried out in the Los Angeles area, in San Francisco and in Tucson.

High levels of bacteria were found in all locations - high enough to be a serious health hazard. E.-coli was found, ugh.

The kicker is that 97% of those who were carrying the bags did not know that reusable bags must be washed or bleached. This action will kill nearly all bacterial accumulation in reusable bags, according to the study.

I understand that reusable bags are not made from the best materials. Some of them are more loosely woven than others. I suppose we will learn by trial and error which bags hold up to washing. I know I will wash them separately and not with anything I care about.

But, I will wash them because I do care . . .

6 comments:

Big Ed said...

I see you are trying to be green. Post if these bags work well after a good washing. Thank you,

ol Doc said...

Okay, go green with store bought bags if you must but a string bag from Indian River works for the larger items and a paper sack holds smaller objects that might fall through the mesh holes. That's probably as green as Mama's generation shopped in the early days, don't you think?

RANGER said...

BigEd, I haven't taken the Pet Supermarket bag to Publix yet so it has only carried cat toys and cat food which were still packeged up. So it doesn't need laundering. Yet.

o1 Doc, I remember the Indian River bags and the sweet potato string bags, too. The blocks were kept in those string bags and all the grand-kids knew where they lived. Congrats on the working network.

Elissa said...

I like reusable bags as well. I have 3 from Publix. Groceries that would normally take maybe 10 plastic bags all fit into those 3 reusable bags. Thanks for sharing the info. on the bacteria.

Zeta said...

Hum....we have been using the go-green bags for several months now. Now, I've washed them and continue to do so. Thank you for the informaiton.

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