Open almost any closet door in my house and you are very likely to find several tote bags being used to store a variety of items. Seems to me that every single time there is a gift-giving occasion such as my birthday or Christmas someone gives me a tote bag! I love to use them as shopping bags when I go to the store – I like to think that using them is helping to save the environment by reducing the amount of plastic bags that find their way into the landfills and waterways.
There have been several videos I’ve seen recently that show just how many plastic shopping bags have been polluting our waterways, and how that is problematic for different sources of wildlife. So whenever anyone asks me “do you want a tote bag?” I will usually say “sure!” I try to keep several in the trunk of my car just in case I have to make an unscheduled shopping trip. In addition I try to keep a change of clothes in a tote bag in the trunk of my car just in case I find myself in the unhappy position of having had a cup of tea or juice spilled on my shirt and/or skirt.