San Francisco recently banned the use of plastic grocery bags. But, will the question now be: "Do you want 100% post-consumer recycled paper or old-growth paper bags?"
Paper always seemed to me like a more environmentally friendly way to go (as long as you recycle them) but, in actuality, paper sacks generate 70 percent more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.
Fortunately, the stores in San Francisco can supply biodegradable bags (made from potato starch and the like). Phew! What? There's bad news about biodegradable bags, too? Damn.
The other option of course is to bring your own bags. You can buy them. You can knit them. And, if you have really big huevos, you can knit your own tote bags out of used plastic grocery bags.
Or, you can help support this blog (and its many future giveaways and prizes) by buying a Crunchy Chicken tote bag. Wouldn't that be nice?
If you need to buy them in bulk, a good place to go is 1 Bag At A Time. I just did. We've been planning on switching to reusable bags for, oh, six years? So, now we're going to give it a go.
And for produce bags, check these things out! I'm springing for some of these as well, so I'll report soon on my plastic bag free grocery shopping experience.