This is a poorly written article, but I think it still conveys a useful point. Those reusable grocery bags that are being brought into stores are simply breeding grounds for bacteria. I think that the following statement from the comments section of that article says it best:They are good for the environment, but reusable grocery bags are also a breeding ground for bacteria.
Many responsible shoppers carefully choose their groceries and put them into the same cloth or plastic bags over and over again on every trip to the store.
â€œDid you ever wash your grocery bags?â€ asked Call7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta.
At the very least, I think it would be a good idea to throw your cloth bags through the laundry after every trip. Of course, then you start running into problems with water usage. It's funny how 'green' ideas often have markedly bad-for-the-environment consequences. Maybe a biodegradable bag that's one-use-only is the solution.PW
Anyone that works in a store (which I do) can tell you how disgusting these bags are. Besides the bacteria, we deal with ants, cockroaches and everyones new favorite, bedbugs. When you encourage or insist that a thousand people a day bring something from their home into your store you are going to spread diseases and infestations. Cashiers must be allowed to wear disposable gloves that end up in the landfill and the increased use of insecticides in the store is inevitable. Your purchase is only as sanitary, safe, and "organic" as the person before you in line.