It's the little things.

It's the little things.

Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet



Paper or plastic? Reasonable people disagree about which of these is better for the environment. Is it worse to consume trees or to contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Why not avoid the debate altogether and bring your own bags with you when you shop? Keep a couple of cloth sacks in your car (or better yet in your bike’s panniers!) so you won’t ever again have to answer the dreaded question.

Many grocery stores sell bags you can reuse. For purpose-designed sacks, you can buy online at Reusable Bags. (Note, we have no affiliation with Reusable Bags. We just think it’s a good idea!)

No related posts.

Category: Earth
Tags: , , ,


  1. S. Hedges on July 21, 2009

    I usually bring my own cloth bags or skip the bag altogether. And, since we’re talking bags, maybe this link will prove helpful to some. Linked to it via @DailyGrommet. Hope it becomes a ‘YEH’! :)

  2. Liv on July 21, 2009

    Loving this site!

    We’ve taken to using a laundry basket, we shop at Pak n Save put the groceries in the trolley and then move the groceries into the laundry basket once at the car. It is easy to carry, holds more than bags and means we’re reusing something we already have rather than having to buy and use extra bags. May sound strange but it works.

  3. Nathaniel Flick on July 26, 2009

    I always take my own shopping bags to the store, can’t stand having those plastic ones though they are good as trashcan liners. If I forget, I just pack the food in the car and bring it in using the shopping backs I left at home. Ha.

    What really gets me is using sandwich bags for lunches. I use plastic containers now instead of disposable bags.

  4. Su Yin on July 26, 2009

    It’s been a mixed experience for me so far. What irks me is that the checkout operators automatically pack your stuff in the plastic bags when I’m in the middle of giving them my own bag. And be prepared to pack the shopping yourself if you use your own bag.

    You can see why most people don’t bother. Which is sad.


What do you think?


  • 33% Yeh
  • 32% Meh
  • 35% Neh

Total votes: 3962

No related posts.