Grant says your reusable bag should be like your wallet and keys – you just shouldn’t leave home without it.
Well, honestly. . . sometimes I forget my wallet.
But we have house rules, and one of those rules is “no new plastic grocery bags”. If you forget your bag, that’s just too bad; I guess you didn’t need that thing you wanted to buy as badly as you thought.
Either that, or you improvise.
For example, upon forgetting their bulk bags, some people (aka Grant) get the coffee roasters to put the loose beans directly into their regular shopping bag.
That got me thinking about other ways to avoid the dreaded plastic bag. You could:
- salvage used plastic bags from the recycling pile at the grocery store
- stuff your groceries into your purse
- “borrow” the plastic basket from the grocers (I’m not advocating this in any way)
- fashion a carrying bag from your shirt (image from My Zero Waste)
- carry your groceries in your arms
I particularly like this last one and was lucky enough to personally witness this occurring at a store where they charge $1 per plastic bag. It was pretty hilarious to see people struggling out of the store with a family’s worth of grocery items precariously balanced in their arms. I can tell you, it only took one time before customers caught on to the new bag fees.
Anything to save $1 a plastic bag right?