Amy Jo made some good comments about reusable bags below. Why don't stores give you reusable bags free if they really want to help the environment? I never buy them because I refuse to pay them money for something that is saving them money anyway. Except for the cooler-like Trader Joes bag that was a dollar and I thought I would like to keep cold stuff in it on my long drive home. I might add that it annoys me on the floorboard or trunk of my car because it is always in the way and I still manage to forget to use it. It is late so it is okay if I am not making sense.
Here is my thing about the plastic bags the grocery stores give out. I use them. I couldn't live without them. I carry them around for dirty diapers, I put them in my bathroom trashcans, I carry stuff in them, I end up returning stuff to stores in them and you see this list goes on and on. They were essential in the early weeks of pregnancy. Just this month I have grabbed them a couple of times on the way out the door thinking that one of my children or myself would be throwing up in the car. Gross, yes, but true! I was so thankful last month when I had one for my four year old to puke in. I wasn't so happy when he dropped the bag and it went all over my car anyway. That is another story.
I think I would like for someone to make the plastic bags more biodegradable and that would work out for me just fine.
If you are mad about this whole plastic bag thing, you can submit your pictures of how they are ruining the earth here. If you would like to take a plastic bag and place it in your Azalea bush and take a picture for submission...I don't know how they would ever know you did it.
I found some websites that sell reusable, biodegradable bags. The problem is that they cost upwards of $35 and I just can't do that to you. If I am putting grocery bags in my bathroom trashcan, do you think I am going to buy a $35 bag? I do like this website that goes into more options for being a better consumer (than me) if you would like to check it out (ignore any $50 bags mentioned).
All that being said, I really like this little bag from The Container Store. It folds up into its own little pouch and is under $10. Yeah. I still don't want anyone to throw up in it so I might occasionally tuck a plastic bag inside.
I'm thinking about getting the red one.
6 months ago