Before the coronavirus pandemic, many countries around the world had already banned the use of single-use plastic bags. Photo: melissabrock1 / iStock
With the strengthening of people's environmental protection concept, more and more shoppers are also beginning to carry reusable shopping bags, such as canvas bags, cotton and linen shopping bags, etc., which can reduce waste on a global scale. But now some grocery stores across the U.S. are banning reusable bags amid coronavirus concerns.
John Grant, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 union, said supermarket cashiers, who have to be in close contact with customers, often increase their chances of contracting the new coronavirus without adequate protective equipment , In addition, the supermarket considers that most customers bring their own reusable shopping bags (green bags), but these bags cannot be confirmed to be free of viruses. Safety.
While COVID-19’s viability on reusable shopping bags specifically is unknown, previous studies unrelated to the coronavirus show that these kinds of bags can carry a number of germs or bacteria if they are not washed properly between each use.
If people are still accustomed to carrying reusable bags to go out during the epidemic period, several cleaning methods provided by the Chiterion website can save you from worrying:
1. Throw the canvas bags directly into the washing machine, wash them with hot water and detergent, and then dry them;
2. Recycled plastic bags are made of polypropylene, which can be washed by hand with mild soapy water and then dried.
3. Insulated shopping bags should be wiped with sterile wet paper after each use;
4. Nylon bags should be washed inside and out with soapy water, and if using a washing machine, use a gentle cycle and then air dry.
5. Cooler bags should be wiped with sterile wet paper after each use;
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