I’m a Bag Lady…

…as long as they’re reusable bags!

Plastic bags are made in hell (not really), and my pantry was overflowing with them. I knew I was committing an eco-crime by not bringing my own bags to the store, but you know, I like to live on the edge. After reading about how plastic bags are made from petroleum, aren’t biodegradable, are a threat to marine life, are a cause of pollution, yada yada yada, I had to reconsider my eco-criminal activity.

I’m a creature of convenience (read: lazy), and I don’t want to drag a bunch of cumbersome bags with me all the time. Then IKEA started charging for their plastic bags (which caused me to curse at the check-out line), and eventually got rid of them all together. Whole Foods got rid of their plastic bags (no surprise, the hippies), and you even get a refund for each bag you reuse (10 cents per bag at my neighborhood store). San Francisco banned them across the board (more hippies). I took that as my cue to find something that I would remember to bring with me, wouldn’t take up too much space in a purse or diaper bag, but could hold a lot of groceries or whatever junk I decide to tote around on any given day. I found a few contenders that fold up into their own little pouch:

BAGGU

Envirosax

Tucker Bags

Acme Bags

BAGGU, come on down! You’re the antidote to my plastic bag nightmare!

They come in a bunch of colors (I’m vain), and I can order them with my shoes (did I mention I was a creature of convenience?). I’ve gotten curious looks and comments from baggers who were impressed with how much these joints can hold. They’re designed to hold the content of 2-3 regular grocery bags, up to about 25 pounds. I can usually get a week’s worth of groceries into 3 bags. I use them at the farmer’s market, the beach, Target, jewelry heists (joke). If they get gnarly, I just throw them in with the laundry and poof, good as new. I’m only human, so I do sometimes forget to fold down my bags and end up leaving them at home. My pantry isn’t totally exorcised of the plastic bag demons, but it’s much less hellacious in there.

DISCLAIMER: No hippies were harmed in the making of this blog post.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Poppa C on June 20, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I too am offernder of hoarding those dreaded bags ( from all types of establishments) …but I do recycle them to use in our small kitchen waste can. One of the other things we did was buy reusable grocery bags. My fiancee’ bought one from Trader Joe’s ( I love that place, just full of hippeis too!) and I bought one totally out of need. I was working in Monaco last summer and went to the grocery store to pick up a few gorceries at this phenominal grorcery store called Carrefour ( I wishe there was one near me) Alas they are only located in France and Monaco ( I think at least) The only way you leave that store with groceries is either carrying them precariously in your arms or buy a very nice bag from them. They have two kinds: one is the plastic variety but very strong and reusable and the other is the pre-mo one with padded handles and scads of room. We now use these when we go shopping for food. ( Did I mention the stares we get from the less eco- minded populace and the bagger too)
    All in all I really like this blog! Well written, funny and informative! What more could you ask for…….BRAVO!!

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  2. I have to get better at that. I like to horde my plastic bags and carry my paints in them. I’m a creature of habit. I pledge to use reusable grocery bags… mostly.

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