October 6, 2009 10:42 by Sarah
There's absolutely no reason not to use reusable totebags when grocery shopping or running errands. It's better for the environment, and frankly it's much more comfortable to be able to sling a tote bag on your shoulder than to deal with the plastic cutting into your hands. And considering the fact that 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US every year, reusable tote bags just seem like the way to go.
However, there are those days when you get to the grocery store or Wal-Mart and you realize that the reusable totes are back home in your closet. It happens. You bring in the totes and just forget to put them back in the car or you're in a rush and you leave them behind. So faced with an immense amount of grocery shopping, you've got a decision to make. You could spend 99 cents (possibly more) and end up with more reusable tote bags. You could try and get paper bags, which sadly has become more difficult task at several grocery stores. Finally, you can decide with a heavy heart that plastic is the way to go, but you swear to yourself that you will reuse those bags again and again to pay for your uneco-friendly sins. So you save the bags in a drawer and reuse them whenever possible.
Except that saving those bags takes up plenty of space in that drawer and you often don't think about it. And that's why the Gemline Organic Bag Recycler is so awesome. Livig in a small apartment and lacking drawer space, I decided to get one and hang it over my garbage can. My reasoning was three fold:
1. I needed the space in the drawer.
2. It would keep the plastic bags in my line of vision and I'd be reminded to use them more often.
3. It's cute and it looks great under my awesome Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sign that's hanging on my wall.
It's made of organic cotton, so already that's a positive step in the right direction and it does remind me to reuse my plastic bags. I grabbed a couple on my way to the supermarket on Sunday and while I got weird looks from the cashier when reusing my bags, I really didn't care. As far as I'm concerned, I made the mistake of having to use these bags in the first place and there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to use them again. So don't let your bad environmental choices sit in a drawer and take up much needed space for pots and pans. Let them stare you in the face every single day. While I only got one of these for myself, I'd have to say I'd be a fan of any company who chose to give them out as their promotion. After all, if they make the same decision and hang up the Gemline Organic Bag Recycler, they'll be seeing that company's logo every day as well.