In an effort to stop using plastic bags, I’ve accumulated 9 billion reusable ones. Does that sound familiar?
When I learned exactly how bad plastic bags are for the environment, I went to the store and purchased a nice canvas bag. I was still in high school and didn’t go shopping much, so it worked fine for me. I even convinced my parents to buy a few for grocery shopping. But a couple of years later, I went away to college and saw a nice reusable bag with my new school logo.
“Why not?” I thought. “I’m on my own now and have to do grocery shopping and stuff.” (Or, as it was, I had to spend my meal points at the campus mini-mart because the dining hall food wasn’t edible.)
Now let’s fast forward to my move home from college. I had to find a way to pack all of my belongings into my tiny car and drive a thousand miles back to my parents’ house. I could only fit a couple of boxes in my car and they didn’t work well with the space I had available. I needed something that was flexible enough to cram into every nook and cranny, but durable enough to hold heavy items without breaking.
Then I saw it at the checkout stand: reusable bags. They were the perfect solution! Only a dollar each, flexible, durable, and I could use them again later when I moved to my own place.
Now I have more reusable bags than I’ll ever need, but I didn’t know what to do with them until now. Santa Monica established a Share A Bag program. Those with too many reusable bags can drop off their extras at Share A Bag locations and people without reusable bags can pick one up for free. If you forget your reusable bag while shopping, you can look at it as a loan, but if you can’t afford reusable bags, they’re yours to keep.
If this program was established in my hometown, I’d take advantage of it. But if I head up to Santa Monica in the near future, I’ll make sure to take my extra bags with me to donate.
Do you have too many reusable bags?
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If you do need to buy a reusable bag, check out this post first: Not All Reusable Bags Are Created Equal