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Please Help My Dad — Your Reusable Bag Suggestions Requested

Posted By Beth Terry On December 1, 2011 @ 2:24 pm In Plastic Bags,reusable bags | 86 Comments

I spent Thanksgiving week in Maryland with my family.

Here’s a picture of my dad. He has questions.

Raymond J. Terry Hawaii 2006

(Okay, that photo was taken in Hawaii in 2006 — not Maryland in 2011. But it’s nice, isn’t it?)

So we were at the local Giant Foods grocery store last week, and after I whipped out my handy ChicoBag reusable bags from my purse, the cashier said she thought Maryland was going to start charging a fee for plastic bags, similar to the fee in effect in Washington D.C.  Turns out she was almost right.  Prince George’s County (where my dad lives) wants to impose a bag fee but must get authorization from the State General Assembly.  There will be a hearing this Saturday [1].

When we got home from the store, my dad looked at my ChicoBags and asked, “So I would need to get twenty of those to replace the twenty plastic bags I bring home from the store?”

I explained that reusable bags are stronger than disposable plastic bags, so they can carry more and you don’t need to use as many.  I’m thinking of sending him a reusable bag starter kit for Christmas this year, so he can try making the switch, whether PG County’s bag fee goes through or not.   I’d like to give him a variety of styles to try out.

This is where you come in.  What advice do you have for my dad for creating a simple reusable bag system?  What are your favorite brands/styles of reusable bags?  I’d especially love to hear from the male readers.  I carry about three ChicoBags in my purse at all times so I’m never without a bag, but my dad doesn’t carry a purse.  He would need to remember to put the bags back in the car or maybe near his car keys after he empties them each time.

My dad has taught me a ton of stuff.   How to solder wires together.   How to merge onto the freeway with confidence.   Why you should always finish a full course of antibiotics instead of stopping when you start to feel better.  And how to belch loudly at will.   Will you please help me help him?

Thanks!


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[1] hearing this Saturday: http://www.anacostiaws.org/news/blog/support-prince-georges-county-bag-bill

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