Guys, please reconsider using plastic bags while shopping. Washable canvas bags cost a few dollars. You don’t need to put your 3 tomatoes and 5 carrots in separate little plastic bags as well. Let them just roll in your shopping carts. Thank you!
The video shows a huge island of plastic bottles, bags, and plates floating in The Caribbean Sea.
Since Kauai outlawed plastic bags some years ago, I have several thin but durable fabric bags. 3 of them easily fit in my purse or daybag, and I always have some with me in my car, in case I make a shopping stop on my way home from somewhere. It's an easy habit to get into.
As for the thin plastic bags for produce, I do use and bring them home from the grocery store, and that's what I re-use for my little bit of kitchen garbage, rather than purchasing larger garbage bags. Living in the tropics, we have to take out our kitchen garbage daily, to avoid indoor pests.
I believe I leave a smaller plastic footprint than some, but there's always room for improvement and better habits to get into, as time goes on.
I am loading up reusable bags in the car now, our large hardware chain has not used bags for many years, you do have the option to bring your own, or use a cardboard box they have piled at the exit from their deliveries. Our supermarkets in my area stop plastic bags in the 20th of this month - forever. We have a project, "Boomerang Bags" made from donated items and sewn by volunteers.
I absolutely hate plastic bags. When I lived in the city the majority of shoppers brought their own reusable bags (a lot of stores charge extra for plastic bags). Now living here in the country, 99.99% don't use reusable bags even though they are available for purchase for 99 cents. The clerks are just so used to filling plastic bags that even if I gave them my bags they might mindlessly start filling the plastic bags and I had to remind them that I brought my own bags. I was so excited one day to see one other person with her reusable bags.
I use reusable mesh and cotton bags for fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, seeds, etc., as well as reusable shopping bags, reusable coffee/water cups, reusable coffee coozy, etc. I try to limit my personal environmental impact as much as possible. While FAR from perfect, I do my best.
I have the Mother Gaia way of thinking so I do my best to recycle and avoid plastic bags. I have two small bags that fit in my pocket. But the guys at the shop counter seem to take it personal. "Oh, I suppose you don't need a bag" and words to that effect. What's that about? Could the profit on plastic bags be good?
I kept reading this thinking why do they want me to use plastic bags??? and then I saw you said REconsider. I thought you just said consider. way too high to comprehend your posts apparently. wish we could melt all plastic into building blocks or solar cells.