Sustainable Living In Saratoga Springs

The Re-Usable Bag-Seems Simple

A couple who own We Are Living Lean,stopped in to the store today who are making reusable, cotton bags for groceries, mall, work, school or travel.  They are stylish, washable and you can pack them in your purse or keep them in a coat pocket.   Most of the re-usable bags are either ugly ones from the grocery store or made from synthetic material. What I particularly liked about these bags is they are  affordable, made locally and from cotton material, and functional.

Every time I walk into my local grocery store I look over to the check out to see how many people are using reusable bags.  I am amazed at how many people are still using the plastic bags.  Of course, who am I to talk, my husband uses them only half the time, and I have stopped complaining because I am afraid he'll stop doing the grocery shopping.  As much as I hate plastic bags, they seem to be like magnets, they just are everywhere and find a way into your home even if you don't want them.  I sort of wish all stores would stop providing free plastic bags.  How many times would you forget to bring your bags in from the car or from home if there just wasn't any back up?  Maybe once?

Another source of the pesky plastic bag are the ones that come from the pharmacy or drug store or all the other little stops you make in the week.The key is also to keep a bag handy in your purse or on you in some way like in the pocket of the coat you wear so the next time you are in Target or CVS or some other errand other than the grocery store you are prepared.

Good luck kicking the plastic bag habit!


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KAREN TOTINO

Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience in Saratoga Springs, has a history of caring about environmental issues starting with her own family and neighborhood. Beginning with her already successful organic lawn care business, Karen became actively involved in community efforts supporting work on cleanups and conservation through Friends of Kayaderosseras, a not- for -profit organization focused on conserving the creek. As an energetic entrepreneur, Karen wants to effect change in a greater way through offering green alternatives to consumers who seek better choices for their families and for the environment.