Rose Nylund is no dummy, even she knows shopping with plastic bags are a terrible waste. In this scene from 1991, Rue McClanahan (Blanche) and Betty White (Rose) discuss how she is annoyed with Miles' frugal ways, so Blanche offers to take her out on a double date with two big spenders.
Rose's eco-friendly bags appears to be made from cotton, or some other natural material, not polyester and not polypropylene like some other "green" bags we see these days. Yep, in those days they did things right!
Just when I thought I couldn't love this show anymore than I already do, I spotted this scene. The Golden Girls has always been progressive, tackling big issues such as: teen pregnancy, animal rights, coming out of the closet, and also environmental issues. Even the dumbest character is doing a very smart thing. Were the writers trying to tell us something?