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Why It Matters
Using reuseable bags and eliminating plastic/paper options is low-hanging fruit. In other words, it's one of the first and simplest things you can do if you're trying to go green. Everyone sells these bags nowadays, so just pick up a few and use them!
What You Can Do
Here are a few tips to help you:
- Always store your bags in your car. If you get to the store and find out you forgot your bag, you will not return home, but you might walk back to your car to retrieve it.
- After you unpack your bags, return them immediately to your car. Otherwise, they will be hanging around the house - trust us.
- Get your money back - most grocery stores will credit you 10 cents for each bag you bring in.
- If a department store wraps your item in tissue, put it back in he bag when you have unwrapped your item, and reuse it.
- You have to be fast - in grocery stores, clerks will want to wrap individual items in plastic, especially meat. Be vigilant.
- Blue Q
- Juice Bag The original solar charging bag. Includes a CLA adapter (just like in your car) that will charge your cell phone, MP3 player or any other 12 volt device that needs charging. Their new ES Series bags are made from materials entirely recycled from soda bottles. Cool!!
- Taking Aim at All Those Plastic Bags New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2007. Good background information on paper vs. plastic - which is better to use? In the end, most efficient is to reuse bags.
- Paper or Plastic? From the folks at Two Hands Worldshop, lots of ideas for using plastic bags. Also includes ideas for buying reuseable bags.