People Outside the US Think All Americans Own These Home Items

Shannon Quinn - November 22, 2022
A lot of Americans reuse plastic grocery bags as garbage can liners. Credit: Shutterstock

Plastic Bags

There are countries around the world that have banned plastic bags due to the fact that they’re terrible for the environment. But for some reason, the United States is slow to adopt this rule. Here, it goes state-by-state. When I visited England, people were very accustomed to bringing their own bags to the grocery store. And they usually have beautiful, high-quality bags that they bring with them. I live in New Jersey, and we recently had our plastic bag ban begin in May of 2022. It has been months since the ban, and people are still struggling with the change. A lot of people (myself included) will just juggle items in their hands while walking out to their cars. I’ve noticed a few stores that still give out plastic bags, because the law is not strictly enforced. (via Statistica

Individually wrapped potatoes. Credit: Bored Panda

Unnecessarily Individually Wrapped Items

Following our paragraph on plastic bags, another huge issue we have in the United States is items that are individually wrapped when they don’t need to be. Of course, this is not a uniquely American thing. Someone else commented, “I think Japan wins the prize for that one”. But here in the US, there are so many examples of unnecessary packaging. One of the biggest that comes to mind is Amazon packages. It’s incredibly wasteful, but hopefully people recycle their cardboard boxes when they can. (via Bored Panda)