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Suffering from Bag-nesia?

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Bagnesia Symptom: You often find yourself standing at the register regretting that you left your reusable bags in the car or worse yet, at home.  You must have bagnesia! Possible cures?

1) Bagnesias reminder kit: including a compact reusable bag, reminder door hanger, reminder steering wheel wrap, wrist lanyard key chain, carabineer clip

2) Bag the Habit shopping and produce bags: The shopping bags are stylish a-lines with padded handles that fold into small carrying pouches, the produce bags are mesh and can carry anything from vegetables to baked goods.


3) "Paper or Plastic?": The words you don’t want to hear when you can’t come back with a “neither”. When you've forgotten your bags, simply remind yourself to bring them next time, and think of a place you could've left them that would be easier to remember (such as your car). However, if you’ve got the right state of mind, taking home a few plastic or paper bags isn’t such a bad thing. Use your paper bags to fill with paper products for the recycling bin or make your own shipping envelopes, and use plastic bags as garbage can liners or bring them back to the store to fill with produce.


Based on the economic facts, I wouldn't recommend turning in your plastic bags for recycling: it costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32. So, many bags that are collected for recycling are actually just shipped to China and incinerated (according to Christian Science Monitor).


For more green liiving tips from RTM, visit our Earth Tones section.


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