14,952,135,061. That was the amount of plastic bags consumed in the year, according to the running ticker at the top of reusablebags.com's homepage. Yikes. I just got back from the grocery store and even though we only bought a meager amount of food, we ended up with 8 plastic bags. Something needs to change.
I decided to check out reusablebags.com after hearing about them on NPR (yes, I'm addicted.) Not only are they committed to quality reusable bags for all your shopping needs, but they are Chicago natives as well! The heavy duty bags might be just what the eco-doctor ordered to take with us from now on to the grocery store. It's a great way to implement the PrairieMod Principle of "Go Green," which is all about taking the small, everyday steps toward sustainable living that add up to a big difference.
Check out this New York Times story on banning the plague of the plastic bags: it might inspire you to "Go Green" as well.
Plastic bag photo copyright Vincent Cobb. Product photo copyright reusablebags.com