I spent Thanksgiving week in Maryland with my family.
Here’s a picture of my dad. He has questions.
(Okay, that photo was taken in Hawaii in 2006 — not Maryland in 2011. But it’s nice, isn’t it?)
So we were at the local Giant Foods grocery store last week, and after I whipped out my handy ChicoBag reusable bags from my purse, the cashier said she thought Maryland was going to start charging a fee for plastic bags, similar to the fee in effect in Washington D.C. Turns out she was almost right. Prince George’s County (where my dad lives) wants to impose a bag fee but must get authorization from the State General Assembly. There will be a hearing this Saturday.
When we got home from the store, my dad looked at my ChicoBags and asked, “So I would need to get twenty of those to replace the twenty plastic bags I bring home from the store?”
I explained that reusable bags are stronger than disposable plastic bags, so they can carry more and you don’t need to use as many. I’m thinking of sending him a reusable bag starter kit for Christmas this year, so he can try making the switch, whether PG County’s bag fee goes through or not. I’d like to give him a variety of styles to try out.
This is where you come in. What advice do you have for my dad for creating a simple reusable bag system? What are your favorite brands/styles of reusable bags? I’d especially love to hear from the male readers. I carry about three ChicoBags in my purse at all times so I’m never without a bag, but my dad doesn’t carry a purse. He would need to remember to put the bags back in the car or maybe near his car keys after he empties them each time.
My dad has taught me a ton of stuff. How to solder wires together. How to merge onto the freeway with confidence. Why you should always finish a full course of antibiotics instead of stopping when you start to feel better. And how to belch loudly at will. Will you please help me help him?