Knowing that recycling and reusing are the right things to do and then beginning (and remembering) to do them are a little more difficult.
About two years ago, I started shopping with with reusable bags, right after completing my first article about the damage plastic shopping bags do to the environment.
At first, I forgot to bring my bags in with me to Trader Joe’s. I would leave my grocery basket in the store and tell an employee that I had to run to the car to get the bags. I took many “small steps” back to the car those first few months. Now, it’s second nature.
While it still makes me sad to see flimsy, plastic shopping bags stuck in bushes, I am comforted in knowing that they never belonged to me.
Although I think any old bag will do as long as it’s reusable, there are a number of Web sites selling reusable bags. One of my favorites is reusablebags.com. They have a set, called “workhorse” by ACME Bags, that I’ve given as gifts. The bags are so small when folded up, they fit in the palm of your hand.
Reusablebags.com donates a percentage of sales to the environment and are one of the finalists in the 2009 Green America People’s Choice Awards. Check out their Web site. They have some interesting facts and photos about where those innocent-looking plastic bags wind up once the goods are emptied out of them.