2 Plastic vs Reusable Grocery Bags

I was watching the news a few days ago and they had a segment on reusable grocery bags. In Ontario we now have to pay for plastic grocery bags if we want to use them. Finally! Now the plastics industry has funded a study to look at the health implications of using the reusable grocery bags. What were the results? Bacteria. Yep, bacteria in the bags from carrying food in them. Hmmmm go figure. Seriously, a study was needed to determine that carrying food in a reusable bag over and over again will cause bacteria to build up???

The recommended way to combat this bacteria is to wash your reusable bags. Easy enough. But what is funny is that the plastics industry is trying to use this study to show that people would be better off using the plastic grocery bags. Le sigh.

What I find to be ironic about this whole thing is that they did not mention (at least in the information I found) the plastic reusable totes that you can get to carry your groceries in. I guess they have some sort of superhuman power that allows them to repel all bacteria??? Or is it because they are made from plastic and it would defeat the point of the study for the plastics industry to show that the same bacteria found in reusable bags can be found in the plastic reusable bins.


  1. Hi Jen,

    Very interesting post. Who would have thought reusing equates to bacteria.

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