Yay, cloth bags!
More than three years ago, I was up on my soap box on this issue, begging everyone to switch over to cloth bags. Mu Shu posed very sweetly for my post at that time:
Inexpensive, sturdy cloth bags are easy to find. A lot of businesses even give them away for free. I have bags from high schools and colleges my kids attended, free bags handed out by faith-based organizations, politicians, etc.
If you want a little more style in your bags and you're handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own. If you're not crafty--or you're just lazy, like me--go to Etsy.com and type in "cloth grocery bag." You will find dozens and dozens of vendors selling really attractive bags, like these, below.
This one, from Elimakes, is reversible:
This one, from Marketbags, is made from oilcloth. How cute is this?
If you can't stand cutesy bags, how about this handsome printed one from bagsYoutote:
Or this clever one, which Prettyliliya made from a pair of never-worn men's pants:
Using cloth bags--and remembering to bring them to the store--is really not hard. Like most good habits, once you do it for a little bit, it becomes second nature.
And please, do your grocery-store checkers a favor: Wash those bags from time to time! They will thank you for it.
And Mother Earth will bless you.