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?