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Get a Handle on Remembering Your Reusable Shopping Bags
Posted By Jodi Helmer On January 19, 2012 @ 8:43 am In Green Living | 10 Comments
Last week I walked out of the supermarket with four paper bags and no she-brings-her-own-bags discount on my receipt. I forgot my canvas shopping bags — again. I walked the three blocks home worrying that the thin little handles would break from the weight of the apples, milk and laundry detergent; and thinking of ways to make sure I didn’t commit the same environmental indiscretion next time.
I know it’s important to BYOB (bring your own bags ): In the United States alone, 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go into making the plastic and paper bags  we use every year. According to the non-profit group Natural Capitalism Solutions, five canvas shopping bags  that are reused multiple times can replace up to 520 plastic bags in a year. So why did I find myself standing in the produce aisle thinking, “I forgot to bring bags again!” as I loaded carrots and peppers into my cart?
It’s time to come up with a better plan for remembering my reusable shopping bags the next time I go to the supermarket. Here are a few things I’m going to try:
Despite my best intentions, I’m sure I’ll eventually wind up at the supermarket checkout with a full cart and no reusable bags in sight. Of course I’ll remember to recycle  any plastic and paper bags I bring home from the store … but maybe you have more ideas to help us all remember to bring our bags?
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 bring your own bags: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/byob-bring-your-own-bag/
 plastic and paper bags: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Do-plastic-bag-bans-make-paper-bags-a-winner.html
 canvas shopping bags: http://www.gaiam.com/product/100-+organic+cotton+eco+tote.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
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 my favorite charity: http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-reasons-donate-charity
 recycle: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Recycling-FAQ.html
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