- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)37
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Going green is in the bag
A lot of folks have moved beyond the "paper vs. plastic" grocery bag debate, having settled on neither.
Today, there are so many other bags from which to choose at price points both affordable and astronomical.
It appears everyone -- from grocery stores to online sellers -- wants in on this eco-friendly game. Not-for-profits have jumped into the fray, trading sturdy totes for donations.
For the shopper, it's a matter of how much to spend and where. For many, the sturdy, 99-cent grocery-store totes will do. But if you'd like a little more bling in your bag this Eath Day, these are for you.
The medium or large tote ($50 donation, World Wildlife Fund) offered by this not-for-profit group that champions wildlife and land conservation is made from canvas and jute, and features the WWF's trademark panda bear.
The "This Bag is Garbage" Tote ($44.95, Original Good) turns trashy into trendy: It's made in New Delhi, India, from plastic-bag litter, which is melted down and handcrafted into these totes.
Each of these four reusable bags touts an ecological message ($5.99 each or $18.99 for all four, Green Concept Online), including this one: "Plastic bags take 1,000 years to degrade. This bag won't."
This grocery tote ($25, Green With Envy) is made from recycled advertising banners, such as those from past AFI Film Festivals. The company also can make totes from banners that customers provide.
The "Shopper Tote" ($24, UncommonGoods) is a canvas bag made from recycled cotton that aims to add some style in the aisles. There's a companion tote ("Nuts About Recycling") with a squirrel motif.
The "New Black is Green" Market Bag ($12.95, The Rainforest Site) is a stylish organic-cotton tote made in India. Purchases at this site, managed by the GreaterGood Network, help fund land preservation.
The polyester Envirosax ($7.95 or 5 for $37.95, ReusableBags) is so lightweight and compact it can tuck inside a purse or pocket. There are many colorful, artsy designs from which to choose, including several made for kids.