December 18th has been declared a Day without a Bag by Heal the Bay in Los Angeles County. This annual event is an awareness campaign to encourage people to give a present to the environment by avoiding the use of plastic and paper bags for one day in favor of reusable bags.
I made the switch several months ago and now have a nice collection of sturdy, reusable bags. They hold more than a plastic bag, are easier to carry, garner comments which allow me to speak up for the environment, and solved the problem of what to do with hundreds/thousands of plastic bags at home. I haven’t brought any home in months but still have an abundant supply left which I use to dispose of kitty litter when I scoop each day. Eventually I’ll run out at which time I’ll just ask relatives who haven’t made the switch to save some for me. Or perhaps I’ll come up with an ingenious “Used Kitty Litter Composting Unit” and market it for an incredible amount of money (warmer climate, here I come!).
If you already are in the habit of using reusable bags, I applaud you. If you’ve been looking for a good time to start, try December 18th. You can use any tote bag you happen to have lying around or you can pick up reusable bags really cheap at a lot of stores. Within the past few months several places here in our little town in rural Oklahoma (hardly a hotbed of environmentalists) have even started carrying them. Try it for one day. I’ll bet you’ll be hooked.
Check out my daughter’s blog “The Retro Housewife Goes Green” for some links to companies that sell reusable bags if you want something a little cuter than what your local grocery store has to offer.