What’s the biggest challenge besides 2 for $5 bags of Oreos at the grocery store? It’s certainly not buying things. It’s bringing them home.
One of the reasons I’m so bad about bringing reusable shopping bags with me is the mess. They are big, don’t fold up or store well, don’t fit into my purse, and take up the whole child seat in the cart. We won’t even talk about dealing with them at checkout. We wrestle to get everything into them only to struggle with the weight. It’s not pretty.
We may feel virtuous, but it looks a fright, takes up too much room, and can’t be properly cleaned.
When my town instituted a Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB — cute) regulation that charges to use anything provided by the store, I went searching for a different solution. I found one in a book from the mid-80’s.
Self-Storing Shopping Sacks! I made a couple for myself and got a great response. They fold into their own attached zipper pocket, weigh less than a quart pound (unless they’re made from denim), aren’t too big, and can be tossed into the washing machine should that package of chicken leak.
The handles on these bags make them easy to use at checkout and keep the bag ready to hold your purchases. They are about the same size one of the plastic bags, but can hold more without ripping. They don’t hold too much so you can still hoist them from the checkout into the cart and into your car.
I made a few available (right now…more to come) on my Etsy shop. Check them out. They make great gifts. If you are looking for something specific, let me know. I may be able to help.