Hello, dear readers,
Way back in 2009 I did a quite thorough post about bags, meaning the ones we carry to the market or to stores to bring our purchases home in, so as to be very responsible in helping to reduce plastic bags and paper bags use. At that time I was not in the habit of always bringing bags along, and I knew that if I did a post about bags, and researched consciously my choices, I would find the best solution for my own needs. And I thought I had. At that time I concluded I would be most likely to use the big ones that have a flat bottom and handles on top. But, in fact, I ended up using the ones I could pop into my purse and have at the ready anytime needed. I found them less bulky and much easier to actually have with me at any given time. And I do that now, meticulously. They are inexpensive. They are colorful. They wash readily. The only thing I have to do to maintain the practice is to take the time to roll them back up and snap them in place so they are tucked into my purse at the bottom, not getting in the way. The ones I’m currently using look like this:
And when they are properly rolled up, they condense down to this:
Handy, right? And I always have them at the ready. And they carry a lot.
But I did have a hole in my routine, as I was still grabbing plastic bags for individual vegetable and fruit purchases. There are those in this community who pop them unwrapped into their shopping baskets but I must be too fastidious to do this. I start thinking of where those carts have been and what they have been carrying. Eeeuuu. And then a marvelous thing happened. A woman behind me in line at the health food store laid out a few sheer white bags full of vegetables on the counter and I said, “Oh, wow. Where did you get those?” And as convenient fate would have it, they were for sale in a display near the door! So I grabbed a few. This is what they look like rolled up:
And here is what they look like ready for use:
Aren’t they wonderful?? I am so happy to have this solution to that particular ecological need. The packaging says, “Reuse once a week. Reduce as many as 150 plastic bags a year!” I can easily imagine that is true! They are called 3bbags. I’m sure you can google them.
I’d love to hear what solutions you have found to reduce your consumption of plastic and paper bags, and I hope this post inspires you to add another layer, as I just did!
Book News: On Sunday morning I was the guest of Lillian Brummet on “Conscious Discussions”, a radio show out of British Columbia. Link here. A review of Plant Whatever Brings You Joy was featured on The Ripple Revolution blog! And on Friday I’m looking forward to doing an Author Meet and Greet at 2:00PM at Copperfield’s Books in Healdsburg in Sonoma County! I hope some of you might stop by!