16 - 2010

What to do with plastic bags

Just a quick post today, as we are on a school break week and have out-of-town family staying with us.

If you’ve been reading here for long, hopefully you have made the move to bringing your own bags when you go shopping.

Our family uses a variety of bags, including canvas tote bags from various events and organizations, woven-plastic bags sold for 99 cents at local grocery stores, and my personal favorite, Chico Bags, the compact nylon bags that I carry in my purse to whip out at a moment’s notice. I even use reusable produce bags at the grocery store.

We use various strategies to remember our bags:

  1. Keep Chico Bags on hand so we always have a bag with us.
  2. Keep bags in the car so we are prepared for a sudden stop.
  3. Keep the grocery list and/or coupon organizer on or near the stack of reusable bags at home so we remember to bring them with us, whether we are going on a walking or driving errand.
  4. Put the bags on the front seat of the car so we remember to take them in with us. (My aunt said she puts them on top of her purse, so she’ll have to touch them to get to her purse, ensuring she remembers them.)

Still, plastic bags have a way of seemingly multiplying of their own volition. Take the photo above, for instance — I only had to step outside to find a bag lost on the sidewalk near my house.

Recently, I wrote an article for Matador Life titled How to Overcome the Curse of the Plastic Bag. I encourage you to check it out if you have a stash of bags and want some ideas of what to do with them.

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