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6 Ways to Make Reusable Bags Even Greener

6. Bag Your Lunch

Bringing your lunch to work is an easy and effective way to trim your carbon footprint, your spending, and your weekly trash output—and if you’ve been using your leftover plastic bags to carry those leftovers into your office, then it’s time for a greener solution. Pick up a used lunchbox at a thrift store or yard sale; choose a set that includes BPA-free containers; or replace your plastic or brown bags with smaller versions of the totes mentioned above. And if you’re a die-hard takeout fan, then at least keep a spare reusable bag in your briefcase so you can avoid taking a plastic version from your local sandwich shop.

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11:29AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Thanks! First of all, I need a reusable bag with a clip as I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached, and I walk or use public transport and have a small purse (extra bags in my backpack, but I don't always carry that). Fortunately I have found a few different brands that fill the bill.

Secondly, to clean them I've been spraying the bags inside and out with a 50% vinegar solution and hanging them up to dry. Is that not recommended for some reason?

Third, at a chain grocery called Carrefour (found in France and Spain and perhaps further afield, not sure, but they can't be the only ones) now carries biodegradable trash bags made entirely from vegetable starch. In addition, the bags you can buy to carry your groceries (2 euro cents each) are made from the same thing, and are smaller. We've begun to use the trash bags for the kitchen rubbish, and the other, smaller ones for recyclables and the bathroom (smaller trash can). So happy to have found these!

12:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

great ideas thanks for sharing

1:08AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

some neat ideas, cool ;)

1:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:21PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:21PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

8:32AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

thanks :D

10:40AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

The only time I get a plastic bag is when I need a trash bag. Any ideas for trash bags? I bought small produce bags made from a mesh type material. My produce lasts longer in the frige. Love them. Thanks for the suggestions.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

thanx

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