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1. Great behind a stroller! They fit perfectly over the hand grips and keep expanding for all the paraphrenalia that goes with being a kid.
2. Hang one on a hook by the bathtub for all of baby’s toys. If there’s room, use it to keep bottles off the floor in the shower.
3. Use it at the beach. All the sand falls right though when it’s time to pack up.
4. Use them for storage. We keep all the different categories of winter gear in string bags. Gloves and mittens, hats and gators, ski goggles, whatever. It’s always easy to see just what’s inside the bag.
1. Quick suitcases. Leaving for the weekend? Throw your stuff in an ECOBags canvas bag. Easier to pack in the trunk than multiple suitcases.
2. Storage for the basement, attic or garage. Take a permanent marker and commit your bags to a particular category.
3. Sleepover bag. Decorate one with your child, or use as an activity for his/her next birthday party (not recommended over age eight…).
4. Halloween! Fits a lot more junk than those plastic pumpkins.
We all do it… once you decide to commit to shopping with your own bags, you find yourself in the store without them, taking home dozens of paper or plastic ones. How to remember? This is what works for us.
For suburban and car shopping: Stuff multiple canvas bags into one bag and keep it in the car. You end up at the store and you already have them with you. So far no problem.
Important step #1: Remember to grab them as you leave the car!
Now you’re home and unpacking; as your groceries get put away, keep stuffing empty bags into the main bag.
Important step #2:With your bags ready to go for the next time, leave them near the door where you can put them in the car the next time you go out.
For urban and foot travelers: String bags are best. Throw a couple in your purse, handbag or briefcase. Especially useful for those spur-of-the-moment purchases when you would otherwise get a totally useless little plastic bag that’s only useful for leaving the store. As soon as you get home, take the item(s) out of your string bag, but put the bag directly back into your purse or briefcase. It’s amazing how simple it is, but how difficult it can be to put into regular practice!
An important thing to remember, urban shoppers: do NOT put the item in your string bag before you get to the checkout counter! Regardless of the fact that your item is fully visible and you are honest above reproach, it may not seem that way to the store owner.