Now that we’ve been trying for a month, I thought it would be a good time to do an update on #2 on the LIST – Reduce the number of one-time use plastic bags we use. This one has been going surprisingly well. In October, my goal was to use 15 bags or less. I believe we used only SEVEN bags:
- One from Target for some books I bought for my daughter
- One from The LEGO store – I was chatting with the cashier and didn’t even realize that he handed me a bag. This one really chapped my hide because I didn’t even need it! It was just one little box that I could have put in the stroller basket! Argh.
- Bags that came with our take-out meals – probably about 5 times. Eep.
After about a week of this, I realized I needed to have some more rules around this goal. I decided that it’s ok if my husband brings bags in if I’m not with him – I’m not trying to shove my stuff down his throat but the good news is that I know he’s giving it an earnest try to avoid bags – I know he said “I don’t need a bag” a couple times this month. I encourage him to take bags with him to the grocery store and he does. Yay him!
The first week, I actually didn’t have my reusable produce bags so I took plastic bags that I had from before back to the market and reused them. I felt a little funny but it was no big deal; the cashier didn’t even seem to notice that some weren’t their bags. I had bought 10 of them and that seems to be enough for us so far. If I need more, I might try to make some with my mom with some tulle.
I’ve also been keeping and using the reusable bags I bought in my purse/diaper bag. They’ve really come in handy and I like the way they look – so that encourages me to use them! Score! I think it was a good buy.
It’s funny – Even though I say “I don’t need a bag for that” to cashiers, I’m surprised at how often they start stuffing my items into a bag anyway. It’s just habit, I guess. So sometimes I have to interrupt them and remind them. It’s working!