OT: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop

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Within a month, I'll be opening a fabric store in my neck of the
woods.  As I consider what type of bag to use, something trivial for
most, I was wondering what everyone prefers for a bag to take home
their newly acquired stash in.  Now I understand what people want and
what I can probably afford may be two different things but I just want
some feedback.  I also have my own personal preference but am curious
to see what everyone else's is.

Paper bags that have a definite square bottom like those in a grocery
store, with or without handles.

or

Plastic bags like the grocery store.

or does it really matter.


Thanks for your input.

Marilyn


Re: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
Marilyn:
Yesterday I got an e-newsletter from my LQS. It is introducing a "Market
Bag" for us to purchase for $2.00. It is reusable and will have 'goodies'
and will enable shopper to get goodies or such through the year. (That is
the gist of the message .... I haven't been to the LQS about this yet.)
I like a flat bag with a floral or check motif so it can me used again as a
gift bag.
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Pat

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I like the idea of the "Market Bag" that Pat posted but I am usually
brain dead enough that I would forget to bring it with me.  I also like
a bag that seems "special" - better than a grocery store or Walmart, you
know?

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NAYY, just know of the company and found what I was trying to describe
on their site.

Rita L.
P.S. My favorite LQS uses grocery store plastic bags and I love them
anyway :-)

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Good question. As a paid-up eco-warrior, I'd say there are pros and cons
to both. Plastic is (normally) non-biodegradable and causes all sorts of
problems in the environment, e.g. whales and turles eat them thinking
they're jellyfish:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=521528&in_page_id=1770

Paper seems more eco-friendly, but it has drawbacks, too (logging,
dioxins released in the paper bleaching process, paper bags are heavier
so more lorries are required to ship fewer bags, etc.)
http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/consequence_pulp_paper.html

The best solution is to encourage customers to bring their own bags.
Fabric shop customers should be able to make their own reusable fabric
shopping bag without too much difficulty. I made several using the free
pattern on this website: http://www.morsbags.com /
How about a competition for the best home-made bag? Any customer who
takes home their purchases in a home-made fabric bag is photographed (or
the bag is) and once a month you judge the jazziest bag. You could pin
all the photos on a pinboard with a special border highlighting the
latest winner. A note on the board explains the reason for the
competition, and maybe you could photocopy some (copyright-free)
patterns for simple bags and hand them out to customers who express an
interest. It's up to you whether you give a prize to the winner or
whether they just compete for the glory.

Re: OT: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
On Fri, 02 May 2008 12:49:54 +0100, Melanie Rimmer

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    Great ideas!  Also, if they re-use a bag (like a plastic one, but
don't) but don't bring in a fabric one, they could have their name
entered for a monthly FQ drawing.  That way, if someone still hadn't
made a fabric bag, but could go and get some sort of container from
the car, etc, they could still be rewarded for *not* taking one of
your bags.



--  Jo in Scotland

Re: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
I like the floral paper bags and the small flat bottomed bags with the
handles.  My LQS uses those bags and ties the handles with a little scrap
strip of fabric.  It's a lovely little touch.  I do like the idea of a
returnable bag....but I'm still going to the grocery store and leaving my
bags hanging in my kitchen.  And when I do have them with me, I've left them
in the car and have to return to get them....if I even remember before
checking out.  My trips to the LQS are often on an impulse.  I doubt I'd
have a reusable bag with me.  My sewing room is in the basement...that's
where my bags would be.  I do reuse the little brown bags from my LQS...they
can be painted and stenciled or even emboidered to use as gift bags.

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Kathyl (KJ)
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Re: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
I've got a bag that folds up and then snaps so it stays folded. It's not
much bigger than a checkbook when folded, but opens up to hold a lot.
I've started carrying it in my purse. I've also seen ripstop nylon bags
that fold into their own tiny duffle bag for carrying in a purse or pocket.

Julia in MN

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Our local shop sold reusable bags and if we bring them in we get a
discount on fabric, win win situation.

Denny in Fort Wayne
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Marilyn wrote:
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I don't know what to say on the paper/plastic debate, but I would say
"handles". Possibly have really small bags for just a couple of notions
or a FQ, but if it doesn't fit in my pocket or my handbag, I really want
handles - how else can I carry all my shopping? <grin>


Hanne in London

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Plastic bags are being phased out in much of the UK and we've never
used US-style paper ones.  We're slowly going over to cotton or
tough-synthetic-fibre reusable ones.

How about a cloth bag with your shop's logo on it, and give people
a discount if they walk in the door using it?  (i.e. when they've
been giving you publicity with it).

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I reuse plastic bags on dog walks and as liners for bathroom garbage.
I reuse grocery store paper bags as leaf bags, trash bags, and shipping
paper.
I never reuse small paper bags and usually refuse them when someone
offers to put a small purchase in them.
I don't usually need a bag to get fabric from the store to the car or
from the car to the laundry basket.  If I'm not offered something I know
I'll reuse, I generally say no to the bag.  That includes pretty
decorative bags.


--Lia


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We reuse most plastic bags here too Lia and also unless I have a
  big lot of fabric I just tell them I'll carry the fabric out
without a bag.  The fabric just gets left on the washing machine
as soon as I get home anyway.
One local quilt store has brown flat bottomed paper bags with nice
handles.  They pop a  store sticker on it and tie with
a little scrap of fabric on the handles.  Nice but I feel sort of
wasteful when I get one.
Taria

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Jim has a funny story about traveling in Ireland.  His mother is
elderly.  He and his sister accompanied her to England and Ireland last
year for a special vacation.  His mother has never liked restaurant
food, and eating exactly what she wants has become more important as
she's aged.  They planned the trip around staying in places where they
could cook at the hotel.


They went grocery shopping.  Everything about the supermarket was
familiar.  There were items for sale that were new and that they weren't
interested in buying, but that's true everywhere.  They found the milk,
bread and other staples with no trouble.  People were lovely to them.
They went through the check out.  Jim handled the foreign money.  They
waited for their purchase to be bagged.  It didn't happen.  Only then
did they look around and realize that everyone, EVERYONE else had
brought reusable bags with them.


They managed to get the groceries to the rental car with each of them
holding several items in their arms, and they got the stuff to the hotel
the same way.  Later they learned that Ireland solved the problem of
paper or plastic with a formidable tax on both.


--Lia


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Julia Altshuler wrote:
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In Denmark, they did the same (some time in the 80's, I think). After
moving away, I had trouble remembering this when visiting "home", but
now I'm getting better.

Here in the UK, as someone else said, we are trying to move to reusable
the volunteer way. I got a smart, very thin, nylon bag, packs up to
nothing, and I try to always keep this in my work bag, since I normally
shop on my way home from work.

My parent had plastic boxes in the back of the car for big shops - take
the shopping cart/trolley to the car and pack there. Makes it easy to
carry big loads into the house also.

Hanne in London

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My friend and I swap books all the time. The books travel back and forth
between our homes in the cute little bags (paper or plastic) with handles.
Perfect size for books.  The bags have come from gift shops, Avon, quilt
shops . . .

We reuse the plastic bags from the super market to put trash in to carry out
to the garbage can.  When we give people vegetables out of our garden, we
use the super market plastic bags. Small waste baskets in the house are
lined with super market plastic bags.  Lots of uses for them and we do use
them!!!!

Donna in SW Idaho



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It does matter to me1 I go with the paper variety every time. I'm saving the
planet!!lol
--
Estelle UK
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I doubt there's much difference - plastic bags waste oil, paper
bags waste trees and take more energy and chemicals to make.

Re-use is the way to go.

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This brings up a good question.  Many of us in this thread have said
that we're taking steps to reuse or otherwise not need a bag from the
quilt store.  Now let's look at a likely scenario.  A customer has come
in and made a purchase.  She's been delightful, is a good customer, and
someone you hope comes back.  She hasn't brought a reusable bag with
her, and she has mentioned nothing about being willing to take her
purchase without a bag.  Maybe she's forgotten the canvas bag she
normally carries.  Maybe environmental concerns aren't that important to
her.  Whatever.  She's just there.  She's paid.  Now what?


I know I hate to be lectured to, so I'd hate to have the sales clerk say
something about reusing bags.  Do you offer her an expensive reusable
bag?  Do you mention your discount or contest for those who bring their
own bags?  Do you just put her purchase in the cheapest bag you have and
shut up?  This is a real question that's likely to come up several times
a day.  What would we prefer if we were the person standing there being
handed a receipt?


Personally, if I haven't said anything about having my own bag or not
needing one, I'd prefer it if the salesclerk just put my purchase in a
plastic one and said nothing else on the subject.  If there's a discount
or a contest, I'd like that to be on a small sign by the cash register
and not have it brought up by the sales clerk.


--Lia


Re: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
http://www.furoshiki.com./techniques.php I think it would be awesome to
learn how to do the Japanese package tying techniques to wrap purchases!
You could use the fabric that was just purchased and tie up the rest of the
purchases IN it!   I have some sites saved in my FAV places, but do you
think I can find them when I need them?  NO!  One might even be a blog
entry.   I'll keep looking.  You'd be the talk of the town if you could use
these wraps!  Can you find a nice Japanese quilter to work for you???

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Kathyl (KJ)
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Re: Plastic or paper bags from a quilt shop
http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html

http://www.diylife.com/2007/10/15/diy-definitions-furoshiki-multi-use-wrapping-cloths /


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnfEN8SfLGo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC7MH3EzBWM&feature=related
< they were
selling the cloths IN BAGS!!
there are a lot of youtube demos.....   addicting!

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