You may already use plastic bags to take your lunch or to line trash cans, but have you considered collecting bags for reuse at your local farmer’s market? You can help farmers avoid the overhead of buying paper or plastic bags by giving them bags you’ve collected. Or you can just simply take your own bags to help save a bag.
I use cloth reusable shopping bags, but sometimes I forget them. Also, some grocery store baggers are determined that certain items need to go in plastic bags, even inside my cloth bags. So, even though I take my own bags to the store, I still find myself with a few plastic bags.
Shy about giving plastic bags to farmers? Don’t be! I grew up helping my parents with their veggie/fruit business and we always had a few loyal customers who collected bags for us. It’s normal. Just make sure the bags are clean and don’t have holes in them, and your donation will be appreciated. Plus, it’s very eco-friendly to reuse.
If you’re looking for some great reusable shopping bags, try reusablebags.com. That’s where I got mine (pictured).
Do you take your own bags to the store or save plastic bags for reuse?
(Images by Peggy Rowland)