Thursday, January 27, 2011

Going Green for 2011: Shopping the Green Way

     I know that many people know about reusable shopping bags when it comes to grocery shopping.  I love to use reusable bags for many reasons.  I like that you can fit more items in them than a plastic bag for starters.  I also like that when I get home I don't have a million plastic bags that I can't throw into my recycle can.  I do most of my grocery shopping at Fry's and they give me a 5 cent credit for each bag I bring.  Once I took 4 bags and only ended up needing 2, but I still received credit for bringing 4 bags.  Check your local grocery store to see if they offer a credit for bring your own bags.  I also love going to Target and getting the same credit deal. 
     Now there are times when I get to the store and either realize I left the bags at home or get to the check out and realize I left them in the car.  I hate when that happens.  I end up with those million plastic bags.  But the good thing is even though I can't put them in my home recycle can, I can take them back to the store to be recycled there.  Make sure you recycle your plastic bags. 
     Another way that you can continue the green effort when shopping at the grocery store is by using reusable produce bags. Some of you that have been reading my blog for a while now may remember that I did a review a few months back on reusable produce bags, if you didn't get a chance to see it then check it out HERE.  These come in different sizes and are great for just about any produce.  The only downfall to these is that I often forget them.  But when I remember to bring them it is great to not have to deal with all those little plastic bags and twist ties.  If your interested in some the ones that I reviewed were from EcoFriendly4U.  Check out her shop, she has some great green items like the produce bags, reusable sandwich and snack bags.  I just checked her site and she has some really cute Toy Story prints for her bags and Mickey Mouse too!  Jayden is loving Mickey Mouse lately. 
     So next time you go grocery shopping or any kind of shopping think about taking your own bags.  Are there any other ways you go shopping the "green" way?

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All thoughts and opinions are my own and I wan not compensated in anyway for this post.

1 comment:

  1. I won that giveaway and I faithfully take my little blue produce bags to the store. I can't tell you how many comments I get on them. Even the cashiers at Whole Foods were commenting on how they wished the store would sell bags like them.My mom even bought some. I swear, I should have a stack of Ecofriendly4U's cards to hand out!