Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Paper or plastic?


Neither! I love the bags Mer recently sent me. The company that manufactures them has a wonderful website, where you can learn more about the harmful effects of traditional paper and plastic grocery sacks. If you're looking for an easy and inexpensive way to make a difference, this is a great place to start, and I recommend this product specifically.

It took me awhile to get in the habit of remembering to bring my cloth bags, but now when I'm done emptying them, I return them to the trunk of my car right away. That works for me! What works for others? Click here for more tips.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just recently bought a couple of these bags at Safeway where I do most of my grocery shopping (99 cents each). I am still getting in the habit of remembering to take them into the store with me when I go -- even though I do the same thing of putting them in my car trunk when I empty them.

I get 5 cents credit off my order for each bag each time I use them, but my primary incentive is the reduction of plastic bags literally floating around in the world. (We are amazed at how often we see plastic grocery bags snagged in trees, tall grass, etc.)

I will be interested to see how long these bags last. And I'll be interested to read ideas from other people. Thanks for sharing. Love you, Mom

noordinarylife said...

I also love using cloth bags...when I remember :) Sometimes I still manage to forget even when I put them back in the car. Thanks for the reminder though, maybe my neurons will all fire at the correct time when I go to the store tonight and I'll actually remember.

Many Blessings,
Trina

Niki RuralWritings said...

I am remembering more often now. I also like to use a couple of "bins" the grocery store sells. They are heavy duty and have strong straps and are quite easy to carry even when full.

I'm really trying not to use plastic.

Amy said...

I bought those fold-up kind at Target and keep three in my purse. The rest of my bags stay in my trunk for when I do my big grocery jobs and need the heavy-duty bags.

I just love using them and feel so proud when I whip them out! It is the little things!!

Great topic, Carrie!

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

I've been thinking about doing this quite a bit and just haven't bought the bags yet. THanks for the motivation!!

mer said...

I am SO glad you like the bags!

I was showing them to my mother-in-law yesterday, and we looked up the website because she wants to order some for a ladies event at her church and needs a very large quanity. They offer a quantity discount and custom printing so she was happy as a lark! And I kept telling her how incredibly awesome they are!

I've seen these bags for sale at Safeway, Whole Foods, Albertsons, and our Walmart is even offering them. Woohoo!

mer said...

Oh, I meant to tell you that I return them to the front seat or floorboard of my van after I empty them. I've learned that they have to be somewhere I can see them if I'm going to remember to use them!

Anonymous said...

I received 10 cloth bags as a Christmas gift - I was SO excited! Depending on the clerk and the store, I've gotten up to 20 cents per bag credit! When I use them, people around me want to know where I got them. When I pick up raw milk at the food co-op, I can put 2 gallons of milk in one bag with no problem.

When you empty your bags, immediately hang them on the door handle, so that you can return them to your car the next time you open the door to go to your car. Put them on your car seat or next to your child's seat so that you remember to pick them up and take them into every store!

Barbara

P.S. Carrie, thanks for the waffle recipe. I will try them next week :)

A, B & C said...

Ways to live green are always great! I love using our bags and I even carry two in my daiper bag for any quick shopping at an unexpected moment. Here in Italy, and in France, they charge for bags and I wish we would start doing that in the US. It would really force people to carry there own bags or at least reuse old ones more!

Joy said...

Great post! I LOVE my cloth bags and have used them over the past seven years. They're a bit scraggly, but they've probably saved thousands of disposable sacks. Your blog topic fits with our theme at http://greenbabyguide.com. We focus on budget-friendly, earthy-friendly solutions. Thanks for your insightful tip!

Sara said...

I love cloth bags. People look at me strange for using them and I'm surprised at how often kids at Fareway put two or things in them and then try to pawn off 3 or 4 plastic sacks on me. I feel like a jerk every time I tell them the groceries will all fit in the bags I brought, but it's worth it.

I thought of you yesterday, Carrie. I bought the new Counting Crows c.d. It's good stuff. :)

Meshellyn said...

I just bought cloth bags myself and so far am loving them! We do use both plastic and paper bags in our house for various things, so if I am to forget them once or twice it's not a huge deal. But they are great to prevent a plastic mountain from accumulating in my pantry!

Katie said...

Carrie,

I will definitely go check this out! I seem to go shopping infrequently ~ that when I do go ~ I need a lot more room than that bag could fit. My hubby comes and goes and I don't get to the store very often. I also have recently begun getting paper bags to sort out the recyclables on trash day, but I will look into the reasons behind the harm in over using paper bags ~ I guess those require lots of trees! I've tried cutting down on paper usage in other areas, I will evaluate this one as well.

Thanks as always for your information and inspiration to act!

Blessings,
Katie

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

Ok, I got some today when I went grocery shopping - thanks for the motivation!!! I blogged about it and linked to your site too.

Kim said...

Here in Ontario, most groceries stores sell some type of fabric reusable bag. I like the ones from Loblaws - they are a black canvas type material. They cost 99 cents each and really hold much more than you would expect. I have about 8 and always place them at the front door so that I can grab them the next time I go out and put them in the trunk for when I need them. If I shop at Loblaws with them and use my store card, I also get points and I think 1 cent off for each bag I use.

I can't believe how much some places are selling fabric shopping bags for when these are cheap and worl really well!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I noticed that our Wal-Mart has these bags now for $1 as well.

Amy A. said...

I got some from Walmart but two of them became dedicated to carry snow boots and pants back and forth to schoo.

When I do use them for groceries, the clerk looks at me like I'm crazy and tries to put two items in them so she can hurry up and get back to the plastic!

We do reuse our plastic bags for dog poo pick up and bathroom trash liners, so I don't feel too terrible when I forget the reusable kind.

debra said...

I keep my bags in the car and then put them under my purse after I empty everything out so I remember to take them back to the car. It took a while to work it all out and not forget - but now it's just like any other habit. I have thought about giving them as gifts too. Kind of pushy maybe but...

Joy @ Joy in the Journey said...

What a great idea! I need to ask my mom to bring some next time she comes!
Blessings,
Joy