Back in 2008, one of my resolutions for the year was to use less plastic shopping bags. There was a growing movement to reduce the amount of disposable plastic shopping bags. In addition, some grocery stores were offering incentives when you brought in your own bag, like refunding 5 cents.
Fast forward to 2013. I now have a growing collection of reusable shopping bags given away during special events, store openings, etc. Some bags are useful, like the insulated ones. The added insulation gives me peace of mind that the milk sitting in the car won’t spoil while I’m biding my time over the produce on the third stop of my grocery rounds.
But others, while pretty, are useless because they’re made of recycled paper or plastic with a flimsy handle. In comparison, my trusty Baggu stores neatly in my purse and has proven itself to withstand holding two gallons of milk — a feat that has impressed many a store cashier and it’s still going strong with nary a hole in it.
Upon last count, I have 9 reusable shopping bags (some not pictured). So when I saw a few for sale at Albertson’s, I couldn’t help but wonder if people actually bought them. Further, how many reusable bags do you own?