I plunk down money for reusable shopping bags. I want to use them. I stash them in the trunk of my car. I intend to use them. But then life – busy, busy life – happens and I run into the store for a “quick” trip and forget all about them. I feel guilty standing in the checkout line realizing that I have forgotten them and that I will once again have to use the plastic ones. I consider leaving my cart just long enough to run outside and grab them, but images of people tampering with my cart make me nervous, and so I decide to suppress the guilt and leave with all my groceries encased in plastic. It just seems like the worst form of irony to have your organic produce dressed in plastic – a very bad photo op. But today – today – I vow to use them, and so before leaving the house I take them out of the trunk, place them on the front passenger seat, right on top of my purse where I can’t forget them - or if I do that also means I've forgotten my wallet and I'll have bigger problems than having my groceries bagged in plastic, again. And you know what? Success. I took them in the store - and still almost forgot to use them. (I forgot to tell the cashier I was using my
own, but I caught her after the first bag so I still chalk that one up as a victory!) Now, to make this a habit.