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B.Y.O.B. - Bring Your Own Bag

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On the right side of our refrigerator sits a collection of bags.  Some of them are plastic, but most are paper.  They sit in the same place.  You take some, you throw some in.  The "bag spot" in anyways house seems to be like the tides, ebbs and flows but never, ever disappearing.  One reason for this is the insane amount of bags being offered to us on a daily basis.  At every purchase or event a bag is given to keep stuff, wrap stuff, take stuff or throw away stuff.  So let me make a simple suggestion for when you do go somewhere that a bag is almost certain to be given (aka the grocer or mall)...


Bring Your Own Bag - trader Joe's

I know some of you may ask why so let me help out with some handy facts.  Each year the United States consumes 30 billion plastic and 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees and 12 million barrels of oil.  The pulp and paper industry is the second largest consumer of energy for industrial sectors.  And, most important of all, only 1% of plastic bags are ever recycled!!  So skip this wasteful habit and bring your own bag.  This may mean a number of things from re-using an older paper or plastic bag, using a backpack or a trendy new shopping bag (I think every grocer has them).  So remember to bring a bag in your car or with you on the commute, because you never know when you are going to need to stick something in it.  Lastly, I like to use my hands to carry small loads, but I have had accidents with coffee in the past.  I am just saying.