In need of some super-sweet and durable grocery bags? Reusable Bags.com is a great resource.
According to their information page, each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year. Check out the running total of bags used this year at the top of their page or the side of mine. Pretty mind blowing.
They have a huge selection and a variety or prices that can fit any one's budget.
We gave Tyler's mom, Cathy, dual handle canvas bags for Christmas along with some string produce bags.
I always carry one of their Acme Workhorse Bags in my purse. They fold into a pouch that is built in the interior of the bag and are only $5.95 and $4.95 each if you buy four or more. It's convenient when you are at a boutique or mall and don't want to use their shoppers. It fits quite a bit and if you're on a spree, 3 or 4 would work in a snap!
If you already have bags, but have trouble remembering to take them with you, unpack after you go to the store and then put them by your keys. When you leave, you'll think to toss them in the back of your car and be ready next time.
Reusable Bags also have water bottles, lunch bags and sandwich pouches that can be used over and over.
Below is a link to one of their newsletters. Simple, no-brainers that don't take a lot of effort.
Ten tips for a less wasteful 2009
If you live around OKC, Collected Thread on 16th and Blackwelder also carries reusable cloth bags. Go see Lindsay and shop local.