More and more I am becoming ultra-conscious of how much plastic I use and how much of it ends up in our trash can. At the "regular" grocery store, I've become more willing to stop by the deli counter where my fresh cheese & lunch meat is packaged in less plastic than the "convenience" pre-packaged goods in the refrigerator case. When the bagger asks if I want my milk in a bag, I'll daringly say "no" -- I'll put it in my own reused bag in the car. When I have my act together (or am going to Aldi's), I take my own bags to the grocery store.
I try not to throw plastic bags away. (The only time I do is if it's been reused to dispose of kitty litter.) Still, I know I get more from the grocery store than I need, and at least once a month a wad of them hits the recycling bin.
I've decided I need to change that. Even recycling the flimsy plastic bags isn't enough, though it helps. And there has to be a better way to take care of the cats than adding plastic to landfills. (I'm thinking this may be the best option.)
If you're still using plastic grocery bags but think it's no big deal, consider this.
Besides, a cute tote can be the best compliment to your "out-shopping ensemble."