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February 24th, 2019 at 08:29 pm

For some who live in towns and even states that already do this, it won't be a shock, but I guess Illinois is going to have a new tax of 5 cents for plastic shopping bags.

I get why. As a state we need money. And hopefully it will help with the fact there are all these stupid plastic bags littering so many places. Although I imagine people will still litter.

I already have a stash of cloths bags we use when we grocery shop in my car. DH said he needed some for his car so we can get in the habit of using for more than groceries. I looked at the stash of material I have and decided to make some bags.

People who sew often buy material and I hate to admit, I've done this, but mine is basically from thrift stores and estate sales. I bought some to make curtains for our bathroom and kitchen windows and I have some left. I bought some to recover some hot pads. Plus I bought some to recover some seat cushions. I'm not a great seamstress, but then again, I'm not selling my stuff nor am I putting in for a home decorating show, so I'm just using things and reusing things. So, it only makes sense to use the material I have. I had to get creative on a couple of bags, but they are for use, not show.

Anyway, I was busy for a couple of days making bags and I decided to give one to a friend since she has been collecting bags for her grocery shopping. It was kind of nifty material and she put it on her arm and said, "Thanks. They will see me coming at Aldi with this bag!"

That really tickled me!

5 Responses to “Bags”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    In my city we have been dealing with a disposable shopping bag ban for several years now. It turned out that so many people went shopping without reusable bags, the stores began providing much heavier plastic bags that met the requirements for being recyclable rather than disposable. Which made the whole problem worse, in my opinion. I wonder how the new tax will work. They'll have to ask everyone upfront if they are carrying reusable bags, so they don't get charged. I can't help but wonder if everyone will end up getting charged, and if the tax will be hidden inside higher food costs.

  2. Amber Says:

    In my area I haven’t seen any issues with shopping bags, but Target actually gives us 5 cents a bag if we use our own.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    We don't have a ban here but I've used reusable bags for several years and a couple of stores give you 5 cents credit for each bag you bring instead of using one of their disposable ones. I think Aldi charges you for bags unless you bring your own.

    I've collected so many reusable ones for free that it's silly not to use them. They are common give away items at professional conventions, street fairs, and other events we've attended. I keep a ton of them in my trunk.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    We've had a plastic bag ban in my city for about 5 years now. It's not that way in the rest of the county and it actually gives me a little shock on the rare occasions we shop out of the city because I've become so used to not seeing plastic bags. They don't even have them available and if you want a bag you have to pay 5 cents for a paper bag. Of course there is no ban or tax on the produce bags or the meat department bags or the deli bags or the bakery bags so I don't even know what they think they are saving. Oh, and places that do take out still use them and they are not the special biodegradable ones, so I don't know. Anyway, glad you could make some fun new bags.

  5. Sarah Says:

    We've had a 5p charge on bags for a couple of years now. I think Asda (walmart) have gotten rid of single-use bags altogether.

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