What’s the Point of Bringing Your Own Bag?

April 4, 2010

I went to the farmers’ market today, and noticed something – people use a lot of plastic bags at the farmers’ market. Now it may be an assumption, or a generalization, but I typically find that people who shop at farmers’ markets tend to be more eco-friendly. They obviously prefer to buy fresh, locally grown produce. Most everyone brings their own canvas bags from home, which lets me know that they are doing their little part to help the environment and reduce plastic bag consumption. Only… they don’t.

Yes, people who shop at the farmers’ market typically bring their own bags. However, they also use a ton of plastic bags! It is not uncommon to see people put every single thing they buy in a separate plastic bag, and then put all those bags, inside the bag they brought. So really, you didn’t bring your bag from home to reduce your plastic bag use, but rather to hold all the plastic bags you’re going to collect at the market? It cracks me up! I am one of the few people I have ever seen just put all the produce I buy in the bag I bring. I figure, it’s not all in separate bags on the tables when I buy it, and it all gets sorted and washed at home anyway, so what does everything need its own plastic bag for? The car ride home? I don’t get it. Kinda defeats the purpose of bringing your own shopping bags from home.


Image Source: Van Baker, Michael. “Plastic Bags.” Photo. Seattlest.com 03 May. 2008. 23 Mar. 2011. <http://seattlest.com/2008/05/03/plastic_bag_col.php>.

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2 Responses to What’s the Point of Bringing Your Own Bag?

  1. Megbeast says:

    I was thinking this same thing just last month! But, honestly I didn’t know what else to do when my bag was already half full and I was trying to buy 6 oranges and a grapefruit from a stand…

    • Katherine says:

      Haha I know what you mean! I wouldn’t feel bad about that. If you didn’t bring enough bags from home, or your bags are about full, then yes – I completely understand supplementing with plastic bags. I was more talking about people that just seem to do it as a regular practice. I have to wonder – is it out of habit? Fear of your produce touching each other?

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