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Trash Talk Tuesday: Plastic Bags Have Forced My Kitchen into Purgatory!

Did you know that over 55 million bags a week  are used in Canada fo our day-to-day shopping habits? When you think about it that’s a lot of non recyclable bags clogging up our landfills, blowing in our urban streets, and invading our oceans. It’s one of those facts that at times I have ignored with my own day to-day shopping habits.  Now, as I look in my kitchen, I see an abundance of non biodegradable plastic bags taking over my kitchen space and I have no clue what to do with them.

Usually, I store my cloth totes in my car,but I’m not always diligent in returning them back to the car after my last visit to the grocery store. Totes are never on my mind while I run out the door with the last of my sanity, my hands full of hockey gear,  as  I’m rushing two  energetic kids to hockey practise . The unplanned  last minute grocery stop and tote bags just don’t register on my mind…

That is  until I’m at the  grocery store in line, at the check-out and have the guilty surge that once again I forgot the elusive tote bag.  I’m stuck in the conundrum do I buy more tote bags or do I suck it up and carry out the plastic? Generally, being a  frugal-minded  gal I refuse to spend anymore money on tote bags because I have an abundance invading my kitchen closet.

 Currently,  my kitchen is in Bag Purgatory!  The angelic tote bags, shining bright in my closet and the evil plastic bags hovering in the dark corner of my kitchen. What’s a girl to do?

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do…I have made a pact with myself and pledge to always put my angelic totes in the back of my car, I will make the extra effort to always use the tote, and I will place a hex on all plastic bags. 

Now, with that pledge – what do I do with all of those plastic bags? Christmas is coming, perhaps I could make a stuffed Santa out of plastic bags? Plastic Bag Wreath? Snow Flakes?  Any crafty suggestion’s?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. My self-inflicted punishment is that I *must* buy new totes at the grocery store if I don’t bring mine in with me (I sometimes forget them in the back of the car). I also try to keep a couple in the front seat area of the car, so when I run into another kind of shop…drug store, or big box store, I have a tote with me and can avoid taking their bags as well.

    I used to sell a *lot* on ebay, and I used the bags all the time as packing material to keep stuff from jostling around. I also used them to stuff the arms of a spider costume I made my boy a couple of years ago.

    The plastic bag beast is a tough one to tame–it took about a year of working it for me to get to a point where I probably only bring 3-5 plastic bags into the house in a given month. Not bad considering one hefty grocery trip used to send me home with 15-20 plastic sacks.

    1. 3-5 a month! You are a green machine vixen! I’ve been avoiding the self-inflicted punishment of purchasing (a dollar a forgotten tote starts to add up) and carrying out my groceries with my head slung low as I clutch the plastic bags. I have just to remember to always keep them in the car. It’s just after I unload the groceries that extra trip to put the tote back in the car is that additional effort I never muster… I think the key is just to leave them by the door or make it a chore for the kids to put them back in the car 🙂

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  3. The problems not the plastic- its humans, and lack of time. Firstlt we like nothing better it seems than to destroy the world around us and secondly as long as they rustle you thru life and the supermarket in the fastest possible time, then reaching for the plastics in desperation and under pressure is always going to recur. Lets start a new movement- slow shopping!! Even better, just get everything delivered, or get your butler to do it.

  4. I have a lot of plastic bags at my house too. I keep them in one of the bag dispensers that you pick up in bed, bath and beyond. I reuse them all the time. Also, having an elderly cat, who makes frequent messes, so the bags come in handy. I figure it is better to use a little bag to clean up than a large garbage bag. However, I always keep a cloth shopping bag in my car….

  5. It really is a hard habit to ingrain. I never think about bringing bags until I am checking out, and by then it is too late. I use the plastic bags as trash bags. They are annoyingly small for this purpose, and it reminds me to not accumulate so many of them. I can’t think of anything trashier than plastic bag crafting, and hopefully you won’t attempt it.

  6. Down here all the grocery stores have bins by the door to put your plastic bags in for recycling. I also use them as trash can liners for small bathroom trashcans. I also use them for shipping filler.

    I keep my tote bags in the back of the car and am pretty good at remembering them at the “real” grocery store. At Wal-Mart the checkers always look at me funny & act like they don’t know what to do with my tote bags so I tend to forget them when I run in there.

    1. I love the funny looks from cashiers! It always looks like I ruined their swiping and packing mojo when I hand them my totes! and yes, we have bins. But I’m so absent-minded I forget to bring them with me. They just pile up in my kitchen:)

  7. I started hanging the cloth bags on the doorknob so that I had to touch them each time I left the house. That almost helps me remember to take them to the grocer. It’s not always a successful endeavor. As someone else said, a lot of the stores will take them back, but really — where’s the proof that they actually do something with them? I recently started cutting the bags into long strips of plastic to crochet. I’ve finished one tote bag (yes, to use at the market), but it’s not good for tiny items, and it’s pretty bulky. It’s great at the beach, though, because whatever shells or shore treasure my kids find goes into it and the sand drips right out.

    1. That’s a great idea! I think I will start doing that…WoW! I never thought of crocheting plastic! Have you blogged about this? Do you have pictures? It must look pretty neat and it would be pretty nifty for the beach 🙂

  8. Oooh! It’s funny you brought up using your extra bags for crafts! When I was little, my babysitter made my mom a large wreath and a candy cane made out of wiring and sandwich baggies! They were actually really cute and took abuse from the weather like no one’s business! I have no idea how she did it, but it’s a valid idea to get all of those bags out of your kitchen.

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