Baggin’ It- Works For Me Wednesday


So we are continuing our weekly tips to save the Earth. This one might fall under the category of Captain Obvious but I am hoping I can help you take your reusable bags usage to the next level.

Most people that I talk to about using reusable shopping bags tell me that they have the best intention about not using plastic bags anymore, but just forget to bring them when they shop. Many people even carry their reusable bags in the car but still forget to bring them in. And what good is owning reusable shopping bags if you aren’t using them?

So what “works for me” is reusable shopping bags that fit in my purse. I have them with me at all times so that even if I swing in somewhere for an unplanned shopping trip, I can use my bags. I prefer Envirosax which are definitely a bit of an investment, but I honestly get a ridiculous amount of use out of them. And they hold a ton, Way more than a typical bag.

A few weeks ago I took my “no plastic bag” thing to the next level and got myself some reusable produce bags. I got them at a great price through one of the deal sites, but I am thinking you could almost use a small laundry or lingerie bag and accomplish the same thing.

Now I just need to tackle my dependence and slight obsession with Ziploc bags and we will be almost plastic bag free.

I mentioned last week that I was partnering with Scott Naturals for Earth Month. Well Scott Naturals is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation for this promotion as well. The awesome thing is that Scott Natural will be donating $1 to the NWF for every click through to this link. Scott will donate up to $25,000 so I hope you will take advantage of this easy way to donate to a great organization.

I have another great gift pack of Scott Naturals products for one of my readers. {Congrats to last week’s winner Lavonne from Long Wait for Isabella} To win, leave a comment letting me know what you do to try and reduce your use of plastic bags.

For extra entries:

  • Click through to the Scott Naturals 4 Week Test Drive site to help donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. Let me know you did so in the comments.
  • Pledge to take a 4 Week Test Drive of Scott Natural. If we all used Scott Naturals products for 4 weeks we could save over 2 million trees. As a bonus when you take the pledge you are entered to win a Ford Fusion.
  • Three chances to win. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Winner will be chosen at random on April 26th. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Scott Naturals gift pack and was compensated for my participation in this campaign by Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. As always all opinions are mine. This post is linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


  1. I take my reusable bags to the grocery store each week. And I keep the plastic bags under my sink for really yucky jobs (removing poop from the bathtub comes to mind). Thanks for the giveaway! debittergroot at gmail dot com

  2. I clicked through to the Scotts Natural site.
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  3. I have a bunch of posts on reusable food bags when you are ready to give up your Ziplocs:

    I still use the occasional gallon disposable bag, but have otherwise completely stopped using Ziplocs. I’ll be posting a review of shopping bags and produce bags on my blog later this week for Earth Day!
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  4. I have a big bundle of shopping bags that I try to take and usually remember…when I don’t I swear I have twice as many plastic bags because they can’t carry as much! I also wash ziploc type bags depending on what I used them for. :)

  5. I clicked through to the Scotts Natural 4 Week Test drive site…
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  6. Did I win, and not even know about it? Or did I have such a crazy week, I don’t remember an email? That could easily be the case. LOL!

    And a BIG thank you for the linky love in this post. That just brightens up my day (or night, since it is late and of course I am online as my child is sleeping!)

    Let me know about the giveaway. :)
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  7. Christie says:

    I collect reusable bags for a hobby (haha) but it’s actually getting them into the store with me that I struggle with. I just got a new one from Qdoba though, and am actually using it to tote all my stuff in to work.

  8. Christie says:

    I pledged to do the 4 weeks…although not actually doing the TP part because I have a huge stockpile of Charmin that I can’t justify not using it up first. But I’ll do everything else I can!

  9. Christie says:

    I clicked thru–love easy donations like that!!

  10. There are some great shops on Etsy who sell cloth snack bags and sandwich bags and they’re SO cute! It’s on my list of things to get. My son just started preschool and I’m going to get him a Toy Story design since he loves all things Buzz and Woody. I love your site.
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  11. nicolerenae says:

    I use my reusable grocery bags, and I rarely forget them because they are so much better than the store plastic and paper bags! They hold so much more, are much more durable, and easier to carry!

  12. I clicked through the link…..

    I LOVE making my own bags – they are sooo sturdy and I can pack a ton in the – just be sure to wash them often! :)
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  13. I took the four week challenge – and they have coupons! ;)
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  14. Sue D says:

    I use reusable bags when shopping and we pack lunches in washable containers instead of plastic bags.
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  15. Sue D says:

    I clicked through to the Scott Natural 4 week test drive site.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  16. Sue D says:

    I took the pledge.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  17. I already only buy scott – what I want to do is Re use my plastic bags and make fabric from this (WFMW tip from a few weeks ago) and make some guitar straps and little kid wallets. That way those things aren’t just wasted!
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  18. I lcicked through the site…it said I could have 6 trees in a month as a left handed scott user!
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  19. I use my canvas bags to collect recycling (glass and plastic bottles). When I go to the store, I take my bags, deposit them, and then use the canvas bags for shopping. :~)

  20. I, too, use reusable produce bags!! I’ve found that they help keep several varieties fresher much longer! And it’s nice to just throw them into the washing machine, rather than have to handwash them like those weird plastic bags they sell on TV that have who knows what chemical make-up. I’ll look into those Envirosax, because I run into that problem all the time. Sometimes I’ll even just decide to come back later when I’ve got my bags with me. Not very efficient, but it probably saves me money. ;)
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  21. I clicked through the S.N. Test Drive.
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  22. I have not really done much to reduce my bag usage, but I’m inspired to! I DO, however, reuse mine whenever I get them. I use them for dirty diapers, germy things, soiled clothing, etc.
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  23. I clicked all through the website!
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  24. I TOOK THE PLEDGE!!!! I will have to drive to another town in order to purchase them, which *might* defeat the purpose, BUT I am going to make an effort!!! :D
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