Friday, April 15, 2011

five for friday: BYOB…

want to know the quickest, easiest and most environmentally-friendly change YOU can make today?

bring your own bags when you shop, especially at the grocery store!

The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year. Four out of five grocery bags in the US are now plastic. Source

most retailers sell their own branded bags for less than $2, so it is a small investment with an enormous environmental ROI, and many offer a $0.05 credit on subsequent transactions for each BYOB.   

if you really want to step it up, these are a little more functional, fashionable and durable.


in fact, leave a comment and i’ll GIVE AWAY one of the bags listed below.


EnviroSax Robot. Reusable bag designed to be fun to use as well as teach a valuable lesson about our responsibility to the planet. . 17.7” x 15.7” Holds 44 lbs. $9

ChicoBag VITA rePETe. A perfect reusable bag for taking to your local farmers market, mall, bookstore or beach, and fashionable way to make an environmental statement. 19" h x 15.5” x 3.5" x 5" Holds 40 lbs. 100% Recycled PET. Machine washable. $13

BAGGU Grey Stripe. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags of stuff. 15"x 25" x 6". Holds 50 lbs. 100% Ripstop nylon. Machine washable. $8

ChicoBag Produce Stand. Set of three in an apple pouch with an attached carabineer, making it easy to carry and store your bags when not in use. Specifically designed to maintain optimal humidity and air flow for fruits and vegetables. 99 percent recycled content. 12.5” x 16” Machine washable. $16

LOVE SACK Love. Perfectly sized natural cotton canvas tote with design from CREATIVE LOVE artists. 14” x 16” x 5” $15

leave a comment on this post and i’ll announce the winner on wednesday, april 20. open to U.S. residents only.

have a wonderful weekend…and remember your bags if you’re out shopping!!

erica copy


  1. I already won a book, so I'm not trying to win again. Just wanted you to let you know I AM reading! Not only are the bags I bring to the store better for the environment, they carry more and are sturdier than the flimsy plastic bags the store provides. I used to have a problem remembering to take them with me, so now I store my bags in the trunk of the car so I always have them.

  2. I am loving the love bag!! Your site is very inspiring! So glad I found it!! Keep on being green!! Leslie (greencattlebeef)

  3. This was our very first step, it was a baby step but now we so get it! Thanks for reminding others.