I just got back from a shopping trip.
Between Staples, PetSmart, and SuperTarget I came home with 20 plastic bags.
I only go grocery shopping about once a week, we try to push it to about 1.5 weeks between trips, but not more than 2 weeks. We do have a local grocery store, and we do get some stuff there, but they can’t compete on price and selection. Yes, I know, I spend money to get to the bigger stores, and maybe if I compared the money I spend on gas with the money I save on the groceries, the savings might not be as big as I’d like to think, but the selection would still convince me to make the trip.
I’ve been reading about people buying or making reusable shopping bags, and I know it wouldn’t be hard to do, but egads. Can you see me strolling into SuperTarget with 15 or 20 reusable bags? The cashiers don’t ever pack the bags as full as I probably would if I were doing it. And even if we stuff everything into fewer bags, that’s still a LOT of bags to haul into the store with me. Maybe not. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Maybe I wouldn’t feel like a total weirdo doing it, but something’s got to give here.
The cabinet in which we stuff plastic bags got so full that I finally pulled them all out a few weeks ago. We do use the bags to line the small trashcan under the kitchen sink, but we don’t generate enough trash to equal the amount of sacks being brought into the house.
The bags I pulled out of the cabinet are still sitting in the garage — in a larger (plastic) trash bag. I need to remember to take them with me sometime, because I think one of the big stores has a place where you can drop off bags to be recycled. I’d like to figure out how to not have so many to begin with.
Any suggestions? Going shopping more often, thus buying less at a time is not an option. It’s a 30 minute drive one way. Should I try making a bunch of bags (hey! a fabric stash busting project!) and see what happens if I try to take them to SuperTarget? Will they even let me use them?
Drowning in plastic bags