I’ve got a 50% off coupon for the fabric store, and I’ve decided today’s the day I’m going to use it to buy a bunch of canvas and make myself the reusable grocery bags I’ve been thinking about for months. I save all the plastic bags I bring home from the grocery store and reuse them at least once, but I know that’s still not good enough, and I would rather not bring them home in the first place.
G2BGreen.com has an excellent article about plastic and reusable bags that includes some eye-opening statistics. Statistics that make me think I need to stop putting it off and get my reusable bags made. I did not know that it could take 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose, and with the number of plastic bags most of us are using, that amounts to a massive pile of plastic bags. I wonder where that pile is? Perhaps part of the pile is in that garbage vortex in the Pacific ocean.
A lot of grocery stores have started to sell their own reusable bags, which I think is wonderful. And if I understand correctly, some of them will even credit your bill when you use those reusable bags so that they ultimately pay for themselves. I think this is wonderful. If it weren’t for the fact that I like to make my own bags, I definitely would have picked up a few reusable bags at the local grocery store by now. If you are like me, and want to make your own reusable grocery bags, here are a few excellent free patterns I found:
- Simple Cloth Grocery Bags from Jan Andrea’s Baby Crafts
- How to Make a Canvas Bag from Pie and Coffee
- Wallet Size Fold Up Reusable Shopping Bag from Whip Up
- A TOTE-ally Easy Way to Help the Earth from Instructables
- Fabric Shopping Bag from Dye-abolical Designs
- Cheap & Easy Fabric Grocery Bags from Wisdom of the Moon
With so many patterns, what are you waiting for? Go make a reusable grocery bag!