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Never forget your reusable shopping bags again – How to.

Beach art made of plastic debris (Bonaire, 2013)

I am, and many of my friends are, thinking about plastic pollution and the cost to the environment of one-time-use plastic shopping bags and what we can do to reduce their use. So we have reusable bags, and we keep them in the car… but when we go to the store we forget to take them with us… Many times I walked back to the car to fetch the bags I forgot… And I know I am not alone. In a recent survey about plastic use in my town (East Brunswick NJ) 85% of those who are concerned about plastic pollution use disposable plastic bags because they forget to take the reusable bags with them to the store.

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My solution – reminders on the phone. Reminders to remember the bags, reminders that go off at a location such as the supermarket’s parking lot.

Here is how: Set up a reminder on your phone ‘DON’T FORGET SHOPPING BAGS’ and chose the option ‘remind me at a location‘. Chose your favorite food store as the first location. Duplicate this reminder for other stores – Target, Walmart, Costco, etc. – you shop at. Voila! your phone will alert you when you approach the store and remind you to take shopping bags with you.

Let me know in a comment if this works for you!

Kelly’s Power Bars (aka Granola Bars)

In a food processor combine and mix:

0.5 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

0.75 cup butter or margarine

add:

1 egg

0.25 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend well.

In a bowl mix:

pinch salt

3 cups oats

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

Blend dry ingredients with the wet mix.  Add half a bag of chocolate chips. Stir together.

Spread into a 9×13″ oiled pan. Bake 20-25 minute at 350F.

Notes – I only use a total of 1 cup of sugar and whole wheat flour. I blend the wet ingredients in the food processor and add the dry ingredients directly into the food processor to mix together. I add nuts (pecans are really good) and seeds.