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BYO Grocery Shopping Bags?

There was a decade-old thread about this, but it was archived. What's the word in 2020 regarding bringing our own bags for shopping at supermarkets? I'm specifically interested in the local rules or norms in Rome.

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Hi,

Yes, sturdy nylon ones are good. They sell ones that fold up into its own little purse. Lightweight and will come in handy for any groceries.

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If you don't have one, don't assume that the store will give you one for free. This is one reason a daypack is handy.

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Morar,

You are welcome :)

To add a shopping suggestion: If you live near a TJMaxx or Marshall's, you may find the (folding) nylon totes in the travel section. When I got mine, they came in purple and black; have very good sewn in nylon handles - pouch was attached to bag and made of nylon too.

If inclined to browse, I have these bags also -- very good and sturdy with pouch to fold back inside itself. https://store.greatergood.com/collections/3101-tote-bags/products/76265-pet-portrait-compact-shopping-bags Sometimes the bags go on sale or the organization will offer a coupon or free shipping with purchase.

If you don't care for the pet motif, I believe they also sell ones with dragonflies or pink ribbon - depending on the cause.

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Thanks. We have a stash of grocery bags, for the $0.05 discount per bag at our grocer here in the states. I just wanted to check before my wife asks me why the heck I'm packing Publix bags for Rome.

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Groceries stores in Italy will charge for a plastic shopping bag. It is always appreciated if you bring your own.

We have two of these:

https://www.amazon.com/FLIP-TUMBLE-Premium-Reusable-Grocery/dp/B07WTR4XLL/ref=pd_sbs_79_t_2/136-6533858-4501315?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07WTR4XLL&pd_rd_r=4b0212e5-0f59-44bb-9f51-27c92047b218&pd_rd_w=UmioZ&pd_rd_wg=7FCFF&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=85MQ4D6TXTHEG1AHDWK4&psc=1&refRID=85MQ4D6TXTHEG1AHDWK4

As well as two if the Rick Steves bags sold on this website. The Flip-tumble bags have a single handle and no zipper; the RS bags have double handles and a zipper.

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You can collect a wardrobe of the great nylon bags these days, from museum shops, etc: they make terrific souvenirs & gifts - lightweight, unbreakable, useful, colorful, distinctive (art, scenery, slogans) - love 'em!

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Sometimes the grocery stores have reusable bags for purchase that are well designed, and some are foldable. I bring them home as souvenirs and they make great gifts, too. I’m using some of them today, and it takes me right back to the salumeria queues in Italy.

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After a new law, shops have to charge you for plastic shopping bags; even the tiniest ones used to pack your vegetables have to be charged (most often at 1 cent).

In most cases you will have three choices: a cheap plastic bag at minimum price, that has to be recyclable plastic, so very often will be flimsy and will break at the most inconvenient moment; sturdy, reusable plastic bags; or you can bring your own bag. - But you can't bring your bag to pack vegetables even when the shop is self service.

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I do the same as Barbara, some I've picked up have been wrapped on A canvas frame or put in a pic frame.

I do the same with colorful menus.

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I just wanted to check before my wife asks me why the heck I'm packing Publix bags for Rome.

LOL!! good enough. Have a nice trip!

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I do the same with colorful menus.

Agree with gerri. Framing special menus, postcards, tickets, etc. Makes a great "unique and individual" souvenir.

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The foldable nylon bags are really convenient. When I visited the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, I bought some, one with a Mondrian print. We have used our bags for beach gear and peaches, dirty clothes and bottles of wine. They are bombproof and fold up so very small and flat, about 3"x3"x1/2".

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I always bring a cloth bag and carry it with me on all trips. Some small stores don’t have bags, and the ones that do, charge for them. My wife also carries one.

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IKEA sells foldable nylon totes for about $1 so I always have one in my purse even at home. And fun €1 ones at Monoprix in France. Have used my Civita bag to carry heavier stuff like bottles of wine or Coke.

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hey hey Morar
take your own bags, I even had some small veggie plastic bags. Working in a grocery store 30+ years understand it all. I’d have 2 bags, one for wine and other groceries since we mostly stay in apts. like others have said, if they have a nice decorated one, I’ll buy. Great souvenirs. enjoy Italy 😊
aloha

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There is no law for or against.
You can bring a reusable one, or ask for one at the cash register for a nominal charge (10cents).

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Colorado is slowly (county by county) turning to re-useable bags and charging for plastic. I use them here at home so easy to throw one or two in my suitcase when packing. Most of them pack down to really tiny and take up almost no space in my carry on. I have done as others have and bought fun 'motif' bags at places like shops, museums, exhibits, etc. They are fun souvenirs.

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We didn't shop for food in Italy, when there last year. But on our trip to Provence, and in Switzerland, the bags were about 10 cents each.

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We always buy reusable bags in Europe -- many shops have really good ones both the small nylon ones you can keep in a pocket and the larger sturdier grocery bags. No point bringing them from home when you can acquire attractive ones locally as a sort of souvenir.