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Old 06-26-2007, 01:51 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Whoa..that's great! I'll check them out!

They aren't as big as the Trader Joe's paper bags, but they're close. The insulated bag was either $1.99 or $2.99, can't remember which. It probably is made of plastic, though.
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Old 06-26-2007, 04:59 PM   #12
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this just moves my plans of knit grocery bags up a notch on my to-do list. i don't want to bring home any more plastic bags if i can help it!
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:31 PM   #13
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We just bought a couple reusable bags at Target today!
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:12 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Here are a couple sites that you all may be interested in.
http://www.reusablebags.com/
http://www.greenhome.com/

I bought some canvas lunch bags, but I don't see them anymore. It was several years ago so they must be making something new now.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE www.reusablebags.com. I go back there all the time for more bags and carry the bags i have in my back pack all the time. I give them as gifts, in an effort to get more people using them.



There's my latest grocery expedition in my trunk... that plastic bag in the lower left hand corner irritates me because it was just eggs and bread and could have gone in one of the 2 extra bags he gave back to me...grrrr. (meat i can understand but they are washable so it isn't necessary either!) The purple and green bags have carribeaner (yeah i have no idea now to spell that) clips on them too. cheap ones but functional enough.

There is a company that takes the plastic bottles too... they send you a box and you just tape it and ship it to them, free, when it is full. i need to find their info online again. it makes me feel better about all that plastic in the trunk there.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:17 PM   #15
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OOOH and btw... can I suggest that when you start clearing stuff out of the house, for whatever reason, consider freecycling or craigslisting whatever it is you are getting rid of. There are people out there who will take almost anything. A friend of mine got rid of a TV that didn't work, someone came and picked her apples up off the ground, i got rid of a BUNCH of homespun and some bathroom decorations I was no longer using.

It can be tedious because there are people who will flake out on you when they are supposed to come pick it up, but to me it is worth keeping the stuff out of the landfills.
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i am using some eco-spun yarn for my bags. it is part cotton, and part recycled bottles. i thought it was perfect for a project to cut back on my plastic use.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:03 AM   #17
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We use lots of canvas bags. I request paper bag if needed and I can. We recycle loads too. In our community almost everything can be recycled- it would be interesting to call the garbage company and find out what they do with the plastics.

Anyway- you can knit tote bags out of plastic grocery bags- they might be sturdier and, well they will last awhile anyway, but you can maybe reuse the plastic in a better way. I might have to try that myself.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
That is so sad. We have 3 large bins (trash, recycling, green waste) and we usually have much more in the recycling bin that the trash bin. As far as I can tell most of our neighbors recycle, too.

I am planning on getting some canvas bags for groceries, but money is tight right now. We do reuse the plastic bags though so I guess that helps. We can all do more though for sure.
you can knit shopping bags out of sugar and cream! I found this pattern

http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archiv...pping_bag.html
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:31 PM   #19
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GGL, thanks for starting this thread. What a moving article! It's given me pause.

I want to share something very positive and uplifting with you all. A few months ago I came accross this incredible website www.ecocycle.org, which helps organize Zero Waste events in Boulder, CO. I'm organizing a singing event (happening this Saturday) and I decided to make it a "Green" event. We'll have compost collection! Not just for food scraps: we've bought earth-friendly, biodegradable plates, cups, and fake-plastic forks (made from potato starch), so it can all be composted. This is an event with about 100 people, and a potluck dinner on the grounds. I expect to have less than one bag of trash, and instead, several bags of compostables! Of course we'll have recycling collection as well.

I just posted more details in my blog thread.

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We just bought a couple reusable bags at Target today!
Yay Jan!
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This article was so sad. I couldn't believe the picture of the turtle, how does that even happen??? I can't blieve that the garbage went on for hundreds of miles, its horrible.
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