Photo credit: Deb Roy
Last year, I set a goal to never bring home disposable grocery store bags again. We had collected so many paper bags, we were running out of places to store them in our kitchen armoire. Thankfully, most stores around here no longer offer plastic.
So far we have about 15 reusable bags split between the two of us at home, in the car, etc. We either got them from places like Whole Foods for just $2 each or free from industry trade shows. Two dollars is decent, but I have seen some cost as much as $40 (granted, they are nicer).
If you don’t want to buy reusable bags just yet, reusing the paper and plastic bags you may already have (and not accumulating more) until they disintegrate helps to0. I ended up donating all of my bags to a local clothing consignment store – they only use used bags in their shop.
If you know how to sew, (even at a beginner level) you can also make your own.
Tipnut offers a compilation of 35 patterns for reusable bags for sewers, knitters and crocheters. Several of the sewing patterns utilizes items you may already have at home.
Wisdom of the Moon blog offers instructions on making grocery store bags out of old sheets in Cheap & Easy Fabric Grocery Bags and produce bags out of sheer curtains under Cheap & Easy Fabric Produce Bags.
Oh Fransson blog offers a pattern for her super cute lunchbox inspired bags at her Etsy shop.
Of course if you’re not a sewer or knitter, this may not do you much good so you may need to buy some of your own. In that case, hopefully this is a reminder for everyone to bring your own bags while shopping.