I had to stop and get some groceries today. Not too much, just some staples - fruit and veggies, yogurt, bread, eggs and some milk. I usually shop at the same few stores every time I make a trip to town. Fred Meyer, Target, and Walgreens.
But all along the way I seem to pick up too many plastic bags. A bag for the bread. A separate bag for the eggs. Yogurt gets its own. The prescription gets its own. Film to be developed? Another bag. We have a system for re-using the bags, but it seems lately they don't last like they used to. My husband uses them to take his lunch to work (then of course throws it away) and we double bag the kitty litter with them. Sometimes we use them for the garbage we create when cooking dinner or something, but otherwise they just sit there being stored. And for some reason we never seem to remember to take them back to the store to be recycled.
I see folks using cloth bags more and more these days, but then I read about how they harbor germs and that people don't wash them enough. I'm not a "green" person at all, but I've been wondering how to reduce our output of trash - including those plastic, not-so-strong bags.
Being the sewer that I'm becoming, I started looking up how to make the bags. Pretty easy it seemed, but then on one of my favorite websites for free sewing patterns and tutorials, Tipnut, I came across a T-shirt grocery bag to make. Since we've traveled a lot, we have a lot of t-shirts. And being the big gal that I am, I don't always fit into the shirts we've bought. To solve the plastic bag problem and the "I can't fit into this shirt but don't want to get rid of it" problem, I turned several t-shirts into grocery sacks.
Hem the bottom, cut out the collar, cut away the sleeves, and you've got yourself a grocery sack.
I don't know how long they'll last, by I'm anxious to find out.
If you're interested in using your t-shirts for a grocery bag, or even want to sew your own bag, go to Tipnut.com and search for "reusable grocery bags". Or, if you're not the crafty type, purchase some on Amazon here: