Do you happen to have a plastic grocery bag full of grocery bags perhaps under one of your sinks? If you're like me you intend to use them as trash bags but they come in faster than they go out. So, you end up having to throw them away. You can recycle them now which is a better option but have you ever considered using reusable bags? Whenever I use them I just set them right next to the front door so the next time I go to my car I bring them with me and store in the trunk. That way spontaneous shopping can occur. Please allow me share with you my 3 main reasons why using reusable grocery bags are a very happy alternative.
I'm not trying to endorse any specific grocery store (I actually prefer another)
#1-No plastic needed to be made or thrown away
#2-No plastic bags piling up under the sink
#3-reusable bags are sturdier than plastic and can be carried on your shoulder.
This means no need to double bag heavy items, holds more groceries in each bag,
and much easier to carry groceries in from your car spot,
up the stairs to your apartment while holding your baby all in one trip
(this last one is very specific to me. Can you tell?)
Well, Heath and I didn't stop there. Who doesn't love to fill their cart with fresh produce? We do. But although we were saving plastic by forgoing grocery bags, we were still using a lot of plastic produce bags. So we did this...
Produce bags made of either mesh or muslin. My mom helped me make mine but they are very easy. The mesh works well for the cashier to easily see what's inside and the muslin allows us to buy bulk rice, beans, nuts, and even flour without any packaging! I have been using these for close to a month now and each time I check out I hear only praise from the employees and fellow customers for how neat, smart, cool, etc., they are.
On a side note, it was Mother's day this past Sunday and I just had to share what Juniper made Heath's mom for the special occasion. Those are her brush strokes with her red hand prints in the background. Heath and I had a lot of fun helping Juniper do this for her Grammy. And Tutu, you know you would have received one too if it wasn't so last minute (you understand this right?) and didn't take so long to mail. Juni loves her grandmothers and I love them too.
Anyway, good luck with your switch from plastic to reusable grocery bags. It is way easier than you think. Thanks for reading!