Ireland has a plastic bag tax: customers can get them when they shop, but only if they pay 33¢ each. Think they’re complaining? Instead, plastic bag use is down 94% and it’s become socially unacceptable to carry them. Hooray for cloth/reusable bags!
My favorite one was 99¢ at Meijer. It’s sturdy, stands up on its own, has a pocket and a key fob, and best of all, wine bottle holders tucked in the corners! I can get about four plastic bags’ contents in it. Places like Kroger sell them now too, and Target cashiers said theirs were on the way.
Keep just one on the car seat next to you and give it a try. It’s easy to reduce plastic bag waste!
Introduced just over 25 years ago, the ugly truth about our plastic bag addiction is that society’s consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that’s 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute.