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April 28, 2009–Today’s Way: One of the easiest things you can do that makes a meaningful environmental impact over time is to switch to cloth shopping bags.  Invest in several, and keep some hanging by the door, keep some in your car, get some of those clever lightweight Chico Bags to keep in your purse—and get into the habit of using them.  Not only do cloth bags come in handy for lots of occasions and applications, they hold more groceries because they’re stronger, and some grocery stores still give a per-bag credit on your receipt.  If you’re crafty, you can sew your own (I made my first bags years ago from a hotel restaurant tablecloth) that reflect your personal sense of style.  When you consider that the average American uses approximately 450 plastic bags per year (and the majority of which wind up in a landfill), over the course of a few years, you can imagine how many disposable bags we could eliminate if we all just use cloth bags instead.

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