When I shop for food, I like to get "paper inside plastic." It gives me the stability of paper and the handles of plastic. The six bag combination (yes, my weekly shopping fills three bags) is a lot less than what I would use given only the plastic bag option. Baggers tend to put two-three items in each plastic bag. The combination also makes for the perfect bin-liner. Occasionally, I use the PC re-usable bags. I don't always have them with me.
The other week I was told by a cashier that they are discontinuing the paper bag option. So naturally I wrote to corporate protesting this move, citing all kinds of environmental crap. They wrote back assuring me that there was no intention of discontinuing the paper. They lied. I went to the store a few days ago and was told they had discontinued the paper bags. I loudly lamented, crying that Corporate had assured me this would not happen (implying that it was the store decision and not the big guys) . The manager said she would look into it for me. Yeah. Right.
HarBINgers of doom