Something to Remember

Hey everyone—I’m one of Laurel’s friends, Lindy, and I’ll be guest blogging for her this week as she works hard on her thesis! I filled in for her once before, and it was pretty fun, so here I am again.

Let’s talk about something many of us are probably ashamed of: plastic bags. Those things we get from the grocery store every week that we hide in a cabinet, letting them collect there in the hopes that someday we’ll have a purpose for all of them. Most of the time, though, we just forget that somewhere in our house we have a whole bundle of plastic bags shoved inside other plastic bags.

At our apartment, the floor of our pantry is covered with extra plastic bags. And the amount only grows each week. We acquire these plastic bags much faster than we could ever use them, and yet it is so hard for us to employ the simplest solution to reduce our plastic bag consumption: reusable grocery bags.

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It’s so simple. We have a choice in this matter! We can bring reusable bags to the grocery store, and then we won’t need to take any plastic ones. We could all make a huge difference in this environmental waste if only we just made a tiny effort!

I’m sure that some of you already do this, and if so, that’s awesome. But for those of you like myself, and like Laurel, who have trouble remembering either to get on board this mission and buy some reusable bags, or to just bring the bags you already own to the store, let’s make an effort this week!

If you already own reusable bags that would be perfect for putting groceries in, it’s time to start using them! The toughest part is remembering to bring them when you go grocery shopping. Try leaving them in your car—that way when you park and get out, you’ll see them and grab them on your way into the store. Alternatively, you could write a reminder on your grocery list to bring the bags with you. If it’s on the list you’re bringing to the store, it will be much harder to forget.

If you don’t own reusable grocery bags already, here are some cute options:

http://www.reuseit.com/reusable-shopping-bags/reusable-shopping-bags.htm

http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/Retail-Totes/Reusable-Shopping-Bags

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/road-test-reusable-bags

Also, your grocery store probably sells them, and they’re usually really cheap. Besides, a few dollars isn’t a bad price to pay for doing the environment a favor 🙂

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Glenda Smith says:

    I keep some foldable reusable bags in my handbag because I always have my bag with me so I can’t forget.
    You can also repurpose them. I have used them to knit projects: https://growingsnowballs.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/how-to-knit-with-plastic-bags-coathangers/

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