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Monday, December 5, 2011

PB + J Monday!

Oops, I missed PB+J last week.  I thought about it several times but between working at my new business, Christmas, selling the house and general Mommy duties it just wasn’t at the top of the list.

Today’s eco tip is another habit change and is just as easy as the last one:  Bring your own shopping bags.

Here's a picture of my cute blue bag.

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times already.  This may be true but I am still amazing at how many people have cart loads of plastic bags at the grocery store.  Sure, it took some time to become a habit for me too, but now I prefer the fabric/canvas bags over the plastic.  They’re stronger and can hold so much more, which means fewer trips from the car to the house and fewer curse words when the bag with the eggs rips open.  The back seat of our car is full of these bags and I grab a handful every time I’m headed to the store.  I also have a little one in my pocket for trips to the gift shops or for smaller items.  It’s come in so handy since it folds up into its own little bag and fits nicely in my jacket pocket.  Plus, it’s a really cute blue bag with colourful flowers on it so it’s fun to walk around with.

Plastic bags take forever to break down in landfills.  We still use some around the house so I’m not saying I expect you not to have any at all.  Just try to remember to bring your own reusable shopping bags when you go to the store, especially when you go grocery shopping.  Some stores even give you points for bringing your own.  And points add up to free stuff, so it will save you on groceries in the future.  And it’s especially important to remember to bring your own bags this time of year when we seem to do our most shopping.

Although, you could just cut out the plastic bags, annoying full parking lots and crammed stores all together by purchasing a donation gift for your loved one from Unicef.  They have great gifts that mean the world to people who don’t even know what a plastic bag is.  Happy shopping.

1 comment:

  1. I followed you and am entering Simply Shop and Save’s 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway.

    P.S. I live in Kemptville.