There's a really nice feeling that comes along with bringing in your own bags to the store with you. You walk in knowing that you're doing your part to help the world! Did you know... Plastic shopping bags are typically used less than 30 minutes and only 1 % are recycled. The average American adult uses approximately 288 bags a year, or 22,000* in an average lifetime? (2008 Piedmont Environmental Alliance, NC) Trader Joes gives you a nice little token of their appreciation every time you bring in your own bag with a Raffle Ticket for a weekly drawing. How sweet is that? But I'll be honest, walking into Trader Joes with Whole Food's bag just doesn't feel right on my conscience... U suppose it's not a big deal but something inside of me feels icky about parading around my support of their competition with merch in their store (Whole Foods does have pretty adorable bags though. Take a look at their Feed bag.) SO here's my solution, found at Instructables: Recycled Tote Bag Shirts... You get to use that funky old shirt sitting on the bottom of your drawer and re-work it back into your life! Love this idea!
It's super easy to do! All you'll need is an old cotton t-shirt, some sewing pins and thread, scissors- and you're halfway there!
Cut off the sleeves and neck line t create your handles.
Pin and sew the bottom portion up.
Now you can shop in style and help the earth!