An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to bring your own shopping bags. Let me make it easier still.
Here’s what the winner will receive:
Cold-food bag. This quilted bag is lined with what I think is Mylar and has a zippered top. Put the frozen veggies or ice cream in there and drive home as fast as legally permitted. It has a Dove logo — the ice cream, not the toiletries.
Oversize vinyl bag. Its logo reads “Carry home the better eggs” and has a picture of a couple of cackleberries. This Eggland’s Best bag is apparently made from 100% recycled materials — appropriate for the day.
Pew Charitable Trust bag. This bag promotes SaveAntibiotics.org, an organization looking to phase out the overuse of drugs in animal husbandry. Use it to carry home your meats.
Redplum.com bag. This one is shaped more like a small beach tote. I could see this as a gym bag.
Two foldable bags. One is about the size of a wallet and the other about the size of a playing card. Keep one (or both) in your purse, backpack or briefcase so you never have to realize, “D’oh! I forgot the bags again!” at the checkout counter.
Best-case scenario: Your store gives a 5-cent rebate every time you bring your own bag. I suggest you put those nickels in a jar. After six months, count them and congratulate yourself on being frugal. Or spend the accumulated cash on some ice cream to put in the Dove bag.
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The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Tuesday, April 24. If I don’t hear back from the winner by Thursday morning, April 26, then I’ll have the random number generator pull another name.