In 2016, Californians voted to outlaw free plastic bags at grocery stores, and the Golden State took the lead in plastic grocery bag reduction. Today, if you go grocery shopping empty handed, you’ll either have to carry your groceries out by hand or pay $0.10 for a plastic bag.
Even with this new law in place, you may still be using more plastic than you need to at the grocery store (even if your cart is filled with your reusable bags). When you hit up the fruit and vegetable aisles, do you need to use so many plastic bags? Why do you need a plastic bag to hold a single green pepper or two potatoes? Think about it, aren’t you going to wash everything off anyway before you eat it? (You should!) You really don’t need to use those plastic bags for most of your fruit and vegetable purchases! It may seem like a small thing, but if you use 20 bags a month, that’s 240 plastic bags that you could save a year if you didn’t use them. Even in those cases where it would really be much easier to carry your ten apples together, you can always re-use plastic bags by bringing your old ones back to the store!
One other great way to use less plastic is to invest in a water filtration system for your home, like the Waterboy™ Whole House System, so that you don’t have to rely on bottled water for clean, healthy drinking water.