Suzan from Old Grey Mare is hosting Project Genesis where other like minded bloggers can share their ideas of how they have been making changes to help the environment. If you have something to add, I hope you'll post too. Bouquets to you Suzan.
I use reusable bags for my groceries and most other stores I visit. They are washable, sturdy and eliminate the piles of plastic bags I used to have. The grocery stores in all of Ontario, I believe, have the bylaw that if you want plastic, you pay for them - 25 cents a bag which is a good incentive to get people looking at alternatives. And there are some, plastic bins are common to see in grocery carts too and they're easy to wash out or others reuse cardboard boxes.
This cute little bag is one crocheted from cotton by a friend and it's been used to tote my shoes during winter to an event, groceries, even a bottle of wine.... This lady uses them to bag a hostess gift and willingly hands them to friends.