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February 25th, 2008, 04:36 PM
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Here's a new one for ya!

The green challenge for the month is to not bring more than 10 NEW plastic bags into your home. This can be accomplished by taking your used plastic bags back to the store with you or purchasing cloth bags...whatever works for you. Since I am starting this a bit early, I guess we can do 12. I would like to keep a running total of the plastic bags we are/are not adding to the environment via this thread. Remember...this includes all plastic shopping bags, so your total will need to include grocery store, drug store, big box store, etc. bags.
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February 25th, 2008, 05:18 PM
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I bought 5 cloth bags earlier this year, and haven't used them once...except the day I brought them home. Well, I needed to go to the store today, so I remembered to take my bags with me. I used one at Hy-Vee, and got a 5 cent credit on my bill for it (yay!) and I used one at Fareway...that's 2 bags saved!
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February 25th, 2008, 07:50 PM
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if we take our bags back to the store and put them into the recycling bins, do we stil have to count them in our allotted 12 bags?
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February 25th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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Yes...I hate to say it, honey, but I used to work at a grocery store. Granted, this was probably 15 years ago, but every few days, we pulled the big bag of "recycled" bags and hauled it to the dumpster.
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February 25th, 2008, 08:00 PM
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***gasp!!!*** say it aint so!!!!! I am going back to donating my extras to the daycare I used to work at, if that is really true!!
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February 25th, 2008, 08:09 PM
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It is quite possible that things have changed, but it is very true that this is, at least, what we did back then. This would be why I never even bother with taking my bags to those containers.
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February 26th, 2008, 06:08 AM
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I already bring less than the alloted amount! What I do bring in gets re-used on poopy bags for the cat litter and the doggie's walks.
I went grocery shopping this past weekend out by my Mom's house, and left all of my canvas bags in the car. When the cashier asked if I'd prefer paper or plastic, I asked her to just pop everything loose into my cart, as I had bags in the car. She looked at me blankly, and said, "I don't think I'm allowed to do that". LOL it took some convincing to make her do it, but she finally did, rolling her eyes at the bag boy the whole while about the Organic-Free Range-No Hormones-Or-Pesticides-Eating and No-Bag-Wanting Weirdo!!
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February 26th, 2008, 06:13 AM
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You could challenge yourself with an even lower number then...I'm just thinking for those of us that need the kick in the pants, yanno?
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February 26th, 2008, 03:34 PM
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ooh this is a good one. now I actually will have to use the cloth bags I bought, but always forget! lol
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February 26th, 2008, 03:38 PM
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OK, I suck...day 2 of this challenge and I brought home 3 bags...wasn't using my head at all!
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February 28th, 2008, 05:27 AM
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I would like to report that I am failing miserably! I brought home 5 bags yesterday.
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February 29th, 2008, 05:18 AM
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I have failed...I brought home 3 more yesterday. I am going to start tomorrow trying to bring in no more than 10 in March. It's so hard to remember those bags I have, and I even keep them in my car!
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March 1st, 2008, 03:16 PM
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As far as my fresh start goes...I brought in one bag today.
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March 2nd, 2008, 08:04 PM
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Perhaps you could put your bags through the paper shredder, color them with egg dye, and then use them as Easter Grass!
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March 3rd, 2008, 02:57 PM
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Six today! I fail!!! Well, I am going to continue to count them because eventually this humiliation is going to make me not bring them home, right?
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March 31st, 2008, 10:40 PM
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I ended up bringing in 6 bags this month. I'm not so thrilled with myself, but it did help me remember to use the boat load of reuseable bags I have.
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April 2nd, 2008, 04:53 AM
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I couldn't even begin to count the number of bags I have brought in to my house during March! I failed miserably!
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