03 September 2008

Reusable Bags

I LOVE reusable bags. When you get home with your shopping you don't have that wad of plastic bags that you have to decide what to do with. You don't have to worry about recycling them or feeling guilty to throw them away. Reusable bags usually hold more than plastic ones too. The links through out the post will take you to various etsy sellers who have great eco-bags.

Let's face it, it's not that big of an effort to use them. I have two reusable bags that I keep in my car's trunk. (Usually use these for groceries) And I have a smaller one (that fits in my purse) that I keep in the driver's side door that I use for smaller shopping trips. It's funny, when I first started using my reusable bags - I got weird looks from cashiers.

The only place that is completely "on board" with the idea is Whole Foods -- not to mention the ten cent bag refund you receive for each bag you bring with you. Seems like people are getting with the program these days though. The cashiers at Target don't give me the weird look anymore. You'd think stores would get on board -- the annual money they spend on bags can't be small. I've read recently that IKEA asks that you bring your own bag -- if you don't, their bags cost fifty cents a piece. So, although it isn't a standard practice to require customers to bring their own bags YET, I have a feeling it will be before too long.

The same way changing just one light bulb can make a difference, switching to reusable bags can also make a big impact.

Last time I was in the craft store, the cashier asked if I made my reusable bag -- sadly no -- it was a gift from a VERY green friend of mine and it's green in color -- one of my fave colors.

What do you do to live a more "green life"?


Scott Bulger Photography said...

My own ventures into reusable bags started out on a much more selfish level. I just got sick of seeing all of the plastic bags go into the trash or into the pantry for use later. We now have about eight of the cloth type sacks for grocery shopping.

LazyTcrochet said...

I keep forgetting my bags...shame on me! I got a really big reusable one the other day at Joan Fabrics. Of course I brought it home full of yarn LOL.

Julie Schuler said...

I have one really nice canvas bag I take everywhere. I sometimes get bags for scooping litter, though. I don't really know of an eco-friendly way to contain that toxic dump of a litterbox.

Hey Harriet said...

I'm a big user of reusable bags now also. It took me a while to get into the habit of remembering to take them to the shops. I'm also into composting. I compost everything I possible can :)

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