So the concept of the green bags are great. They are popping up everywhere, mostly in places that you frequent often – like grocery stores. However, about 60% of them are not very well made. In fact, they even say that the average shelf life is only 2 years for these bags. Technically, any bag that you “reuse” is green. So even if you take back the plastic or paper bags that you were given last time, you are being green. Or, take for instance the nice sturdy shoulder bag that I have. It is made out of 100% recycled materials, has a cute design, can be used for travel, as a purse or for groceries. Today I bought two actual “green bags” that are much more well made – meaning the thread is in the inside of the bag, instead of on the outside. I’m not sure that I will buy anymore though… I think I’ll see what kind of looks I get when I show up with my two green bags, my shoulder bag and my MOPS tote.
Not only can you use these bags for groceries, but local business are also getting in on the green. I recently saw some at Toys r Us, and there was an article in our local paper for 5 downtown businesses (mostly clothing stores) that are offering a 10% discount EVERY time you buy something in their store and use the bags. I think it would be a great incentive if grocery stores offered anywhere from a 3% discount for using 2 or more bags or even up to 10%. Why not? They offer incentives for gas, helping schools… etc… why not our own pockets?
I can’t say that I’ve completely gotten down with the whole being green thing. I’m trying though… I’ve switched to green works products for cleaning and we definately turn the lights out when not in use.
Share some ways that you are green. What do you think about the green bags? Sturdy enough – or use some totes/bags that you already own?