So recently some pesky researchers decided to investigate reusable shopping bags. They offered new reusables to shoppers leaving a grocery store, asked them a few questions about their treatment of the bags, and sent them on their way. Then they toted the bags off to the lab to test them.
Turns out the warm, dark, moist interior of a reusable bag is an ideal spot for growing bacteria, mold, and yeast.
But environmental groups retorted that this wouldn’t happen if you washed the bags, duh. But since we are obviously not concerned about the environment anymore, make sure to wash them using lots of hot water, with lots of suds.
Nobody need know about that, but they will all see you walking into the store with the eco-sensitive bag in hand. And that is what it’s all about, right? The globe is not really warming. It is just the glow of eco-smugness that makes it feel like that.