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    1. Angela Reninger
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      Angela Reninger

      Columbia, MD

We all want to help preserve our environment, but it can be hard to make a big lifestyle change and keep to it.  I propose a very simple change - using 1 canvas or string bag on every trip to the grocery store.  If we can cut down on one or two plastic bags each week that's that many fewer bags to end up in landfills or as litter, and that's that much less energy used in making them, too.

I've tried this before, but it's easy to forget and slip back into a bag-full lifestyle.  So, post your experiences and encouragement here!

Some folks have asked what they should do if they buy more than 1 bag's worth of groceries.  My idea is that you should go ahead and use paper and plastic for the rest of your shopping after the reusable bag is full.  No need to limit your food intake! 

3 - weeks later - I've remembered to use my bag about 5 times, and forgotten about 5 times :)  It feels great when I remember, though!  I hope you're all having success, too!   Post and let us know your results.

 

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    • Soodle Billy CO.DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 5 years ago

      i always reuse bags, great action .

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    • Annie Cawley SAINT JOSEPH, MO
      • over 5 years ago

      We always use canvas bags or cloth ones...They last far longer then either paper or plastic!!! :o))

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    • starvin marvin HOOTERVILLE, NORTH DAKOTA, AND TAFFEE, MINNESOTA A, OR
      • over 5 years ago

      I personally love paper bags.  I reuse them for my recycling.  We recycle everything in Oregon.  I use canvas bag once in awhile.  I have 5, but can never seem to find one or remember one when I grocery shop.  I even put canvas bags in the car and they just disappear.  I love paper bags any how.  Sometimes I use same bag 5 times before it falls apart and goes in recycling. 

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    • Ani L. Schwartz ARROYO SECO, NM
      • over 5 years ago

      I was going to say the same thing as Jessica S. That is what I had to do at first in order to remember. After awhile it becomes easy to remember because it becomes habit.

      If you tend to forget and do not use a car, make a hook for your bag(s) by the door so it is in your face when you are ready to go out shopping.

      We have a small grocery bizz here that reuses paper bags that we return and they never use plastic. When people bring their own bags, they receive a "chip" for each (they're sort of like poker chips). These chips are put in donation cans by the front door. The owner pays the beneficiaries according to how many chips are in each canister.  If you have a mom & pop place you can suggest this to them.

      I also recommend organizing better so that it is not necessary to go pick up only one or 2 things per trip.  I "go to town" only once a month and take a number of old bags. Saves gas, time and money. If I run out of something, it forces me to be creative to find ways to do without whatever it was I forgot ... (except cat food .... lol).

      There is a certain kind of personal security and peace of mind in finding out that we don't need everything that the system tells us we need. In fact we need very little of what corporate manufacturers overload our shelves with. Indeed, most of these products make us all sick in one way or another.

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