Were you one of those people who, years ago, brought your own bag into stores? Typically these bags were made out of canvas or some other collapsable material, and cashiers loathed them...and you, for having brought the dang thing through their line.
If you were ahead of your time, the current bag-friendly climate feels like sweet vindication. Finally you’re encouraged--sometimes even financially rewarded--for eschewing both paper and plastic.
It might seem like a small change, but when we are reminded that the US uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags, that over 100,000 marine animals die every year from ingesting or becoming entangled in the bags, and that these bags contribute to the infamous Pacific Ocean gyre (and the lesser-known Atlantic gyre)-- then every time you carry your own bag, you carry a little bit of hope and change.
Do you take your own bags to the store? If not, why not?