Are you receiving less junk mail yet? Are you ready for another small step towards sustainability? Perhaps some of you, maybe even most, take your own bags to the grocery store. Although I've been using my own grocery bags for almost two years, I still found myself with plastic bags from the grocery store - produce bags. These flimsy bags aren't reusable, except for perhaps a light load of kitchen rubbish. So it dawned on me one day to take a stack of Ziploc bags with me to the grocery store.
Do you ever have an idea that you are afraid to Google for fear you will find out your idea is far from original? I do, sometimes weekly. Mark Twain was right; there is no such thing as a new idea. But there are a lot of good ideas out there - and using and reusing Ziploc bags for produce and bulk foods is a very good one, even if I'm not the first to think so.
I had a woman stop me in the produce aisle last month and ask where I got my bags; I told her I brought them from home, but I should have sent her to aisle 22 to pick up her own box. That is just what I did the last time I went grocery shopping and forgot my Ziplocs. Using Ziploc bags makes putting groceries away much easier (and cleaner - I can't tell you how many times I've torn open a bag of bulk flour or sugar), and the bags can be used over and over again if you wash and dry the bags between uses. Here are directions for a fast, easy, repurposed baggie dryer.
So I think Monday will be my official "Green Tip" day. I promise this site won't turn into a green blog, because nothing makes you feel like your eco-footprint is hideously huge like reading an all-eco-all-the-time blog. I believe the road to sustainability is best traveled one simple and economical step at a time, and I'm glad we are all traveling together.