I dont think this is off topic. Recently the little town of Leaf
Rapids in Manitoba, and San Fransisco have outlawed plastic shopping
bags, insisting people use cloth bags instead. I saw pictures of those in
Leaf Rapids, and they were in nice bright colors.
I have been using cloth bags for years, and some months ago, the
manager of our local supermarket was on duty at the cash, and he congratulated
me on how clean my bags were. He told me some of the bags people brought in
were so filthy, he did not even like handling them. Obviously if you are
going to use cloth bags for food, they are going to get dirty. So whoever
insists on people using cloth bags should also conduct a campaign to
ensure people wash them regularly. And they need to be washed in bleach.
It seems to me that if you have cheap bags with bright colors, it is
all the tea in China to a bad egg that the colors are not colorfast. So a
few times in the washing machine, particularly with bleach, and heaven
knows what color they will be. Such bags should be white, and the
washing instructions should be similar to those on Tilley Endurables "Give
'em Hell. Safe to wash with any detergent and/or bleach at any temperature".
- posted 13 years ago