Tuesday, April 22, 2008


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When I first started using my own bags, I felt like one of those old ladies they talk about in this strip... eventually I got over it. It helped that I do a majority of my food shopping at Trader Joe's were BYOB (Bring your own bag) is the norm. But now I am getting in the habit of doing it at The Home Depot, Lowes, The drug store, just about everywhere I shop. It takes a changing of the mind, and sometimes a verbal "I don't need a bag" to the clerk who is getting ready to put your items in a plastic bag. If the items are larger, I don't even bag them. Even last year at Christmas I gave gifts in canvas bags, trying to hint to my family and friends that this is better than getting a plastic or paper bag in a store. I wonder if it caught on?


Chile said...

That is my plan, but usually I get to the check-out counter with several items and no bags. I've learned it's pretty darn easy to just walk out (gasp) without a bag! If it's a tough balancing act, then I just see it as penance for forgetting, again, to bring the bags in.

maryann said...

I've been a BYOB girl for a while. I used to feel silly too but got over it. Recently I've noticed more and more people bringing their own. It's encouraging.

organicneedle said...

Rob...we did the shopping bag as gift wrap last year too. One person switched completely and one is working on it. Not really sure what the others did.

Here in NYC it is becoming so commonplace for people to bring their own bags that I have rarely encountered any negativity. A confused bag boy on occasion, but no nastiness.

Robj98168 said...

ORganicneedle- thoe ones who seem to get most confused by it here are the workers at non-grocery stores (Lowes, Home Depot) they almost seem offended when I tell them I don't need a bag. Oh well. Excuse me for being offensive!!!