I try very hard to be "green" and use environmentally safe products. So, in my efforts to be more green I use reusable shopping bags. Not only are they much better for the environment but some stores (Target and CVS to name a few) will give you a discount for using a reusable bag
Envirosax.com have these great 5-in-1 pouches. They are small enough to keep in your glove box, purse, or diaper bag. I loooooove mine! And the prints are so cute.
This is the bag I always carry in my purse. It's great for quick trips into a store or when you forget your bags (like I always do!). It folds up into the attached pouch and comes in adorable prints!
And of course my Ikea reusable bag. This bag is GREAT! It's HUUUGE and very easy to clean. I used it a lot last summer to haul all the sand toys to and from the lake.
It's hard to walk into a store and not find reusable bags for sale. You can buy them for as little as $.49. Not to mentions the free ones that places give out allll the time. For example, I registered at Target last year when I was pregnant. When you first register Target gives you a little goody bag filled will coupons and product samples. The bag is a cute little reusable tote that you can fold up :) I <3 that thing! Another great place I've found FREE reusable bags is at festivals and carnivals. We have many here on our post each year. It never fails that there are booths set up with people pimping their company or products. Most of those booths have free things to giveaway. I can't tell you how many free bags I've gotten from those places. Yeah, they may have some company's logo on it, but really- WHO CARES?!
I have no shame in pimping Medicare. It's a great bag to bring my groceries home in!
Now don't get me wrong- there are plenty of times that I go shopping and forget to bring my bag(s) in with me. And it never fails that it isn't until I'm unloading my cart that I remember I've forgotten them in the car. By that time I'm not going to run out to my car to get my bags. It's just not worth the hassle. So home I go with multiple plastic bags. However, I DO make sure to recycle all my plastic bags. Soooo many stores offer plastic bag recycling bins now (Walmart, Target, HEB, Kroger, etc...). AND some stores even have incentives for recycling bags. I know at one time Target would give you a $1 towards the purchase of a reusable bag for every six plastic Target bags you sent to Terracycle. I'm not sure if this program is still in place.
I love my reusable bags and when I remember to bring them into the store with me I walk out feeling proud of myself! I've just done something good for Mother Earth *grin*.