Environmentally speaking, what’s better: paper or plastic bags? I know neither is ideal, but I will be honest: I don’t carry a reusable bag with me when I go grocery shopping.
I go for plastic bags, and we re-use them as garbage bags for all trash cans except the kitchen one. The cans are small enough, and the plastic bags work perfectly. We are saving money on small garbage bags by recycling our grocery bags! We got this handy RATIONELL VARIERA plastic bag dispenser at IKEA for $1.99, affixed it to a bottom cabinet door in the kitchen and store our plastic bags there.
I thought everyone knew this re-using trick, until I mentioned it to a cashier at Harris Teeter. She looked at me as if I was crazy and said she had never heard of people doing that – so I figured I’d share, in case you have grocery bags sitting around and small trash cans that are suitable for their re-use.