by Texas Homesteader ~
Single-use plastic shopping bags are being banned in more & more cities. But you say you’re disappointed because you actually reused those plastic shopping bags?
No worries, there’s still plenty of plastic coming into your house to take their place – IF you know where to look!
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Single Use Plastic Bags Being Banned
Many cities around the United States are trying to ban plastic single-use shopping bags. These bags are a constant source of litter.
And it costs cities heavily from their already-restricted budget to clean up all those bags that easily blow through the city streets and into the storm drains, into our lakes and high up in the trees.
I’ve had to hurry into my pasture and remove a half-eaten shopping bag from a cow’s mouth as she was struggling to swallow it. Thank goodness I got to her in time.
Sadly it’s the carelessness of some people with this kind of litter that affects all of us.
Several cities in Texas have already banned these bags and more are considering it as well.
Although there are some who oppose banning plastic shopping bags, I for one applaud the decision to ban this plastic trash nuisance.
Repurposing Plastic Shopping Bags At Home
Some people complain that there’s a downfall to banning plastic bags since they practice the environmentally-responsible task of repurposing them in their own home.
Those people worry that if cities banned disposable plastic shopping bags it would mean they’d have to spend money to buy actual trash bags for their small bathroom trash cans instead of reusing shopping bags to fill that need for free.
Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to buy small trash bags! There are still plenty of free alternatives.
What To Use To Line Small Trash Cans For Free?
My household kitchen trash can is the same size as a small bathroom-sized one that fits small plastic shopping bags as well.
But what surprises me is that even though I don’t bring home shopping bags there are STILL plenty of plastic bags that come into my home to use for lining the trash can.
I now watch for other bags to use for lining the waste basket. Bags such as the plastic wrapping carefully removed from a large family-pack of toilet paper. Or a plastic bag that once held a large family-size cereal purchase.
Take a look around, I’ll bet there are plenty of OTHER plastic bags that already come into your home.
You can use those plastic bags in the same ways you were previously trying to re-purpose plastic shopping bags.
Shopping Without Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags
I learned to shun those awful plastic shopping bags many years ago. My three favorite ways to shun disposable plastic shopping bags when shopping are:
- Carry Small Purchases Out In My Hands – Really there’s no need for a disposable shopping bag at all when I’m only buying one or two items. I just tell the clerk I’ll carry those few things out.
- Reusable Canvas Bags – These heavy canvas bags were free give-aways many years ago. I love them because they hold much more than a regular flimsy disposable shopping bag would hold. And the straps make it easy to sling across my shoulder to make carrying even easier!
I’ve never experienced a problem with clerks not being able to place my purchase into my own reusable bag.
- *Woven Market Shopping Basket – This is my favorite way to eliminate plastic shopping bags. It’s open wide at the top so it’s easy to place items in my basket as I stroll down the store aisles. (no more navigating crowded aisles with a shopping cart)
Then I simply unload the items at the cash register and the clerk scans the items and places them back into my basket for me to carry home. NO DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BAGS NEEDED!
The clerks actually love it and I’m often praised by those employees who comment about what a great idea it is.
Reusable Shopping Bags Are Now Fashionable
Thankfully now it’s actually fashionable to pull out & use reusable shopping bags. So other than occasional times when I don’t catch the clerk in time, I haven’t brought a plastic shopping bag home in over 5 years now.
Put on your thinking caps and I’m sure you’ll find lots of options for reusing the plastic bags already in your home to fill the need you previously filled with disposable plastic shopping bags.
And I’m sure you’ll feel mighty proud of yourself for your creativity and environmental care.
Remember “REDUCE” comes before reuse or recycle.
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