With all this talk of shopping, I can't help but write about the "bag phenomenon" happening.
I'm not sure if this is the case everywhere, but finally, shoppers at local grocery stores are bringing in their own reusable bags for their purchases! Isn't that cool?
You can shop and not end up with a bunch of extra plastic (or paper) bags that you have to reuse and recycle. Or like me, maybe you just stuff them in your closet with all the other bags you've collected until the closet is about to explode...
So, some of these reusable bags are somewhat plain, but others are logo-bags or have cool designs on them. They are easy to just stick in your car (or backpack) and then pull out at the grocery store when you buy stuff.
IMO, I think this is a great trend -- and one that I noticed years ago when I traveled in Germany. My friends in Berlin brought their own bag to the store because if you forgot one, you got charged more for a plastic bag. That's one way to ensure that your people bring bags!
So, have you noticed this greener practice in your town? And what other kinds of stores -- can you imagine buying your books at Borders (or an indie store!) and tucking them into your reusable shopping bags -- do you see using this idea?
For the backpackers among us, the bag phenomenon is nothing new, but this could be revolutionary for a ton of shoppers. What do you think -- is it cool to tote your own tote?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
Coming in April 2009 from HarperTeen