Carry a Canvas Tote

Green-Lemonade Tote

Even if you aren’t a tree hugger, there is no way that you haven’t heard about the evils of plastic bags. Not only are they made from non-renewable resources, but the E.P.A. also says they can also take 1,000 years to decompose. Despite this, it is estimated that the annual worldwide consumption of plastic bags is currently running between 500 billion to one trillion.

If you haven’t yet ditched your plastic ways, why not use the new year to make a resolution to say no to plastic and carry your own reusable tote? Many grocery stores now sell reusable totes, or you get your very own Canvas Tote, available through CafePress for $16.99.

So start the year off right, and make a personal goal to be plastic bag free in 2008.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on January 2, 2008 | Permalink | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Carry a Canvas Tote

  1. Kevin says:

    Ya, they’re definitely evil. What aggravates me most is that baggers seem to like to put every thing in it’s own separate plastic bag, or put the only item you are buying in a bag. It’s not their fault, the stores should be encouraging conservation. Heck, it should save them money if nothing else. My fiancee and I each bought a canvas bag, one from Marsh and the other from Kroger. I like to think they fight with each other.

  2. Rhaya says:

    Yeah, I am definitely happy to see that the big chains are offering reusable totes for purchase (It used to seem like Trader Joes and Sunflower Market were the only places that offered them.) I was also pleasantly surprised to see them for sale at Costco, who doesn’t even use plastic bags in the first place.

  3. Oldnovice says:

    I’m particularly fond of the totes sold by IKEA. They’re large, strong, innocuous (plain vanilla) with shoulder straps. Last year they were $1.49 each, but this year they’re $1.99 each. Still, majorly cheap compared to the cost of bags sold online. I have 4 of them plus two slightly smaller cloth totes from maybe 1970? For produce, I use Jewel’s tote bag. It has a plastic/rubber? insert in the bottom that I can wipe dry after putting wet produce in the thing. It’s also the bag I use to hold my bags. It takes a while to get in the habit of taking the bags with you, but (heh) it only takes ONE TIME insisting that your husband drive back home to get the bags you forgot for him to remember to remind you to take them.

  4. Rhaya says:

    Thanks for pointing out IKEA. We don’t have one here in Indy, but I have heard that to help promote reusable bags, they charge a nickel for anyone who needs a plastic bag (because they did not bring their own). Read more about it here:

    Also, I know that some stores, such as Sunflower Market, will give you a discount for bringing your own bag.

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