I have a confession….I’m addicted to reusable shopping bags.
Let me explain. A year ago, I decided I was fed up with those plastic bags that you get from the grocery store. I don’t care what solution you throw at me, they are annoying to store, you never use all of them, recycling requires planning as they have to go back to the store, and I simply hate them. Megan over at Not Martha showcased a set of bags called Envirosax . They hold 2-3 times what a regular plastic bag does, are light weight, easy to store, and a great alternative to plastic or paper. I was lucky when one day Delight had a set of Envirosax bags on sale. I bought my first set and was very happy. I was so happy, that I bought sets for my brother and his wife, my other brother and his girlfriend, and my parents.
Several months later, I discovered RuMe bags. Not quite as roomy as the Envirosax but they will actually stand up like a paper bag. They don’t hang as low when you carry them which is important for short people. And, they use velcro instead of a snap system for rolling them up and storage. I gave into temptation when I bough the smaller bag set (they are like smaller paper bags). I justified it to myself that I could use them for smaller trips, produce, etc. Then after ordering something on Delight, I bought one of the larger bags. I don’t know how I justified it at the time, but I did. I think we have found ourselves one bag short on shorter shopping trips. Anyway, I bought it.
Yesterday, I was reading Not Martha again, and she highlighted a new bag: Baggu . These things look like a combination of both the RuMe and Envirosax bags. The good news: Delight hasn’t carried them. The bad news: I know they will, and I don’t know if I will control my ability to not buy a set.
I use my reusable bags a lot, so I guess I shouldn’t feel too guilty. I use them when going to soccer games and toting along drinks and snacks. I use them to transport items to friend’s houses. I use them at thrift stores. I use them for picnics. I use them when I take my kids swimming. I use them all of the time. If they get dirty, I throw them in with the rest of the laundry.
I guess there are worse things to be addicted to. I mean, at the core of this addiction is my desire to reduce my carbon footprint on this poor planet. That’s not bad, right? I’m glad I got this off my chest…I feel better now. What is it they say? Confession is good for the soul? If so, my soul feels much better.