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Are your reusable grocery bags full of lead?

Posted November 16, 2010

Some reusable grocery bags have been found to contain lead that concerned some health officials. Click on the link in the box to read all about the issue. Until they decide whether the bags are safe, I guess I will just carry all my groceries out in my shirt!


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  • PAINFREE Nov 17, 2010

    I have a couple of bags from Ikea, and it is true that they are great. Just wish Ikea had come to the Triangle!

  • TheAdmiral Nov 17, 2010

    What do you expect from anything that has a label on it that reads:

    Made in China


  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 16, 2010

    Nancy, I have seen those IKEA bags and love them!

    Total - you are so funny. Sorry to ruin your day. :-)

    RCC - Sounds like a great, frugal way to repurpose those canvas bags!

  • Oxymoron02 Nov 16, 2010

    I actually *object* to buying reusable bags. Most of the ones I've seen are nonwoven fabrics and, lets be honest, junk. They feel flimsy. (I come from a tactile family, if it feels bad we just can't touch it)

    After seeing this video ( last year, I've committed to repurposing my witty t-shirt collection as they wear out into my own custom bags.

    I also have a small but growing collection of sturdy canvas bags I use for shopping. Yes, it is a little weird putting my eggs and bread into a bag from the Smithsonian, but that bag was otherwise collecting dust. I also have some decent quality canvas bags I've been given at events by vendors. And don't forget the canvas bags they sell at school with your kid's artwork printed on them, those are good too. :)

  • Nancy Nov 16, 2010

    When visiting a friend in Maryland, I went to IKEA and found they sell the most wonderful bags - they're made of lightweight blue tarp material, with short and long handle sets. Very lightweight, come in various sizes and are cheap! Grocery size bags are only 49 cents each and since it's reinforced just like the plastic blue tarp material - holds a TON of stuff without tearing, splitting etc.

    I have bought a bunch of them and give them to family/friends because they are beyond practical for so many uses.

    And you can clean them with lysol wipes easily, although you could put them in the washer too. Won't fall apart either :)

    Unfortunately, you can only buy them at an IKEA store, closest one to us is Charlotte, they do not sell them on their website :(

  • t0tAlChA0s Nov 16, 2010

    Thank you Faye! I use them and had no idea.

  • t0tAlChA0s Nov 16, 2010

    gggrrrrr....That's all I have to say about that...