Time to start stocking up on some reusable grocery totes! It's a good idea for some obvious reasons. Plastic grocery bags aren't able to be recycled, so 90% of them end up in landfills. Most plastic grocery bags are made from polyethylene, a byproduct of petroleum and natural gas. Both are nonrenewable resources that create more greenhouse gases and increase our dependency on foreign oil.
In the not so distant future, paper, plastic or "other" might not be your decision to make, or you could end up paying more if you want to use plastic bags. Los Angeles recently banned plastic grocery bags to be rolled out over 16 months. Additionally, there will be an additional charge to use paper bags supplied by the grocery stores. Maryland's Montgomery County is one of many to introduce a fee for using plastic bags.