It’s been a couple months since my last reducing idea post and today I have a super easy suggestion that many of us are already utilizing… reusable shopping bags. This is such an important change we can all make in our shopping habits and what’s really cool is that so many stores are making it very easy to purchase our own bags by conveniently displaying them near the checkout counters.
I don’t know about you, but I get annoyed with those flimsy plastic bags that split open if you put any real weight in them. And I really hate using them for grocery shopping because you end up spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to collect the darn things from the trunk once you get home and they cut off the circulation to my fingers by the time I get inside! Ouch!!
I was surprised to learn that California and Hawaii are the only states that have some kind of ban on plastic bags and that many other states have already implemented laws that will keep banning from happening. If you’re interested in more information, here is a link to a Sierra Club article from December 2017:
The roomie and I were already piecing together a collection of reusable bags when one of my awesome coven sisters gifted me a set of 6 octopus bags (see pic above). I love octopuses so much!!! And holy cow are these bags really nice! And huge! I can fit soooo much stuff in them and they are very durable. If you’re interested in checking them out, here’s a link to order them on Amazon:
There are ALL kinds of bags out there, but if you are a crafty witch like me, you can always make your own shopping bags. I know that Cathy has done this for herself and has gifted sets to family/friends, using fabrics with prints that speak to the individual. You can use an existing bag for a pattern or hit up Pinterest or YouTube for suggestions. I found a great video that takes you step by step if you’re new to a sewing machine. Here’s a link:
So, what do you think? If you aren’t using them already, making the switch to cloth bags is beyond easy! What are you waiting for!?!? Let’s reduce the amount of plastic in the world!
Thanks for walking the Path for a little while with me and check back for more ideas! Blessed be!
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