N.O.W. idea #1: Bring Your Own Bag (for everything!)

It seems to me that reusable grocery bags are finally becoming “the norm” (At least where I shop, in Santa Cruz, California.) Reusable bags eliminate the need for paper (or worse yet- plastic bags) and are indeed a sign of progress. But reusable grocery bags aren’t just for groceries. Picking up take-out? Shopping for new clothes? Getting souvenirs for your kids on a trip? Buying car parts at the auto shop? Bring a reusable bag!

Chances are, you’ve already got a few kicking around. If not, maybe your friend has an extra. You could get crafty and make your own, or break down and buy a couple. I have several bags and one really awesome basket. My favorite bag used to be a diaper bag! It’s machine washable, so it’s great for things that might be messy, like soft fruit… or car parts.

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A gift from my MIL; great for jars!
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A freebie from a beach cleanup.
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Folds up & zips shut, easy to carry.
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From diaper bag to grocery bag.

Of course, bringing your bag with you is the key to making it useful. Put one in your trunk, truck box, purse, or pocket. When it ends up in your house, put it by the door so you can grab it on your way out.

So, besides groceries, what will you put in your reusable bag? 

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3 thoughts on “N.O.W. idea #1: Bring Your Own Bag (for everything!)

  1. Helen McG January 13, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Since the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge, one of the major UK supermarkets has reported an 80% drop in plastic bag use in its stores. I use my own shopping bags for everything now and even have some little cloth bags for putting small, easily list items in. As you say, it’s a habit to develop, keeping a few in the car or by the door to grab on the way out, so that you always have one or two with you.

    Great post and I love your basket too. 😊

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  2. Natalie January 15, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    Besides all that you’ve mentioned in the post, I use reuseable bags to tote books home from the library. The library where I live provide free plastic bags for visitors to use and are placed on the counter for easy access. It is such a wasteful practice and I decline their offer every time. If they’re not free and costs even just $0.05, I’ll bet most folks will just skip the plastic and opt for something of their own. They’re not truly free as taxpayers PAID for them already, not to mention the detrimental environmental cost in manufacturing and transporting those library plastic bags!

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