One of the things I have been trying to cut down on lately is plastic grocery bags. You get them everywhere and they have a major impact on the earth:
- Each year over 1 million birds and sea mammals die from plastic ingestion or entanglement.
- Less than 1% of plastic shopping bags get recycled.
- 12 Million barrels of oil are used annually to produce plastic bags in the US.
(Stats taken from gethipgetgreen.com).
So I have a few bags that I usually take with me when I go to the store or farmers’ market. One of the bags folds up so I keep it in my purse/shoulder bag.
It’s kind of a pain to use the bags because in places like Lowe’s or Target the cashier always looks at me like I’m a bit nuts. Or I don’t catch them in time before they put my purchase in a plastic bag. “Uh, can you take that out of the bag and just give it to me. I have my own bag.” Luckily, the folks at Ozark Natural Foods always know to use my bags.
Today I completely forgot to bring the bags because I was in a rush to get to five stores in three hours. I just came upon this bag (to the left) which you can get in sets of 5, 10, 15, etc. I think I may buy a bunch and fill them with homemade goodies for Christmas gifts (yes, I’m already thinking that far ahead because I want to give handmade gifts this year). So, if you’re a friend you may be getting one of these for Christmas (or I may change my mind on what I want to give).