Friday, October 31, 2008

One Bag at a Time

Over the past several years, I have personally become more and more conscious about doing my part to “save the Earth.” One way I do so is to make a conscious effort to cut down on shopping bag waste.



Shortly before I left for college, my mom made me several large canvas bags that I could use to transport groceries. I used them diligently, and it was amazing how much this one little change cut down on waste (and clutter in my pantry)!



Recently, I was told about a company called One Bag at a Time that sells 100% biodegradable mesh bags for incredibly low prices. The statistics on the site are staggering. I’ve been talking with some friends of mine about screenprinting cool designs on these bags to make “going green” hipper than it already is.



As a culture, we need to stop being so selfish about what we want now and think instead about what we are leaving behind for future generations. I encourage you to check out the site and see how you can do your part to cut down on consumer waste.










Abbi





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Note from Robin:  I'm not very good at this yet, but I do have a couple.  I keep them in the back of my car so I can remember to take them into the store :)  I rather enjoy having less paper and plastic bags to deal with!



Check out this article on making your own bags. "35 Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make" (Erin has already made a few).



One suggestion was to take old tank tops, sew across the bottom.  Voila!  Instant re-usable bags!

4 comments:

Kim Heinecke said...

Abbi - I remember when you mentioned the "green" diapers and I tried to sell it to the Mr. He gave me thumbs-down so I've had to stick to reusable grocery bags...

Abbi said...

Kim: Every little bit counts!!

donna said...

We've bought a couple "green bags" from Crest and when I remember I take them. Where I have the most "guilt" in saving the earth is diapers. I have friends who use cloth. I guess I am spoiled and don't feel "guilty" enough to use cloth. Disposable diapers are just so much easier! I like Robin's idea of keeping the bags in the bag of the car. Brilliant!

Theresa said...

I am a user of the Green Bags. I have them in the trunk of both cars and I use them all the time. I also take them with me to the Farmer's Market. We them to pack food for picnics or games as well.

I have found that instead of 10-15 plastic bags a week, I might get 1.

I also enjoy my little ole 5 cent credit per bag too. :)