Today is Earth Day, so I thought I’d share about my favorite reusable bag. Because I live in California (and specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area), I was indoctrinated into carrying a reusable bag early on. Now, I always have two on me: one for groceries, and one for non-food items. The number of plastic bags I accumulated before I started carrying a reusable bag bothered me. Even though I re-used those flimsy plastic bags that came from grocery stores as liners in trashcans, I always had so many of them.
It’s nice to see that it’s becoming standard practice now in many places to carry your own bag. IKEA stopped supplying plastic bags in all their stores in 2000. You have to bring your own or buy one of their now-ubiquitous (and super handy) FRAKTA bags. Still, change is slow to come in many places. I remember going home to Texas one summer and buying something in a clothing store, which led to an argument with my mom. BYOB was not a thing in Texas yet then. I had brought my own bag but my mom insisted I get a plastic bag from the store because otherwise the store would think I was shoplifting. “But I’ll have a receipt that shows I bought this,” I said. Eventually I gave in out of a sense of embarrassment because we were holding up the line with our argument. I’m still trying to convert her from her plastic bag-hoarding ways.