Green Week – It’s In The Bag


REDUCE REFUSE RECYCLE REUSE PLASTIC BAGLos Angeles brought in the free plastic bag ban this year which is excellent news. We have been using our own reusable bags for quite a while now.

Reusable bags can be bulky to keep with you ‘just in case’ and we still have heaps of bags lying around.

Two bag organizing solutions I came up with are:BAG BAN LA


Reuse old oatmeal tubs and large coffee containers that have a plastic lid.

Clean them out, cut a large X in the top and stuff in your bags.


Want to keep a couple of plastic bags hand in the glove box or hand bag? I reuse small soap boxes, they usually hold 2-3 which is enough for small unexpected purchases.ST GEORGE DISCOUNT SUN SLEEVES

NOTE – If you’re feeling crafty you can make them cute with spray paint, contact paper, glitter they make a great project for the kids and a useful gift for mom!

Do you bring your own bags? Do you have a great storage solution?



About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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7 Responses to Green Week – It’s In The Bag

  1. pablovilas13 says:

    We use a windsock-like tube made of a tea towel with two edges sewn together and a string across one end. It hangs by the loop of string on a hook. Bags go in the top and we pull one out of the bottom when we need one.

  2. I have grocery bags made out of recycled plastic. They are decorated. I have had these bags for 10 years. They are really sturdy they have short handles and long shoulder handles. They hold more groceries than the average plastic grocery bag. I just wash them with soapy water once in a while and hang them on my close line. I carry them in the car all the time. Unfortunatly I do use plastic bags for fruit and vegetables. I saw on the net an option of clothe bags with draw strings that are an alternative. I am going to buy delicate garment bags as an alternative. They are light weight and can be easily washed. That is not always an option because many places where I live place fruit and vegetables in plastic containers. I plan to start writing to grocery stores website asking that they stop packaging them in those types of containers.

    I hope more countries start banning plastic bags like Los Angeles has done. Are they using paper bags instead or reusable bags?

    • sunnysleevez says:

      A few places do but the big thing is they are no longer using those awful flimsy, you need to double bag to hold a lettuce, type bags. Instead it cost 10c to buy a much thicker and more reusable bag. It’s amazing the difference a charge of 10c makes to peoples purchasing, Folks are discovering they can actually carry a small single item in their own hands out to the car and don’t need every single thing to be bagged! It used to drive me mad when something that comes with a handle like a jug of milk, bleach or laundry soap would then be put in 2 bags!

      • Here in Sweden we have been charged for plastic or paper bag for our groceries for decades. No one here reacted.Now we also can purchase sturdy re-useable bags relatively cheaply.
        We have been recyckling here as a country over 25 years. We recycle; plastics, glas,paper, lightbulbs,batteries, cans… We have recycling station that are free for appliance, furniture,clothing, building material…. I remember in the 90’s I had a friend visiting us from San Francisco, CA. She was shocked that I sorted things in my trash can for the trash collector. That we were using recycled paper for writing tablets… The recycling sytem is not perfect here but the Swedish people are trying to do their part to save the planet. We now have to recycle things ourselves by taking them to the recycling stations.

  3. aschlady says:

    For on the go, we have cloth reusable bags and my minivan has handy storage under the floor where we keep the bags… still weird to me that I own a minivan but hey, it’s practical!

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