I think the main point in the article is to consider what bags you already have at your disposal before purchasing trendy, cute bags with a large environmental footprint. We have 4 from our grocery store and 2 of the large Target ones that fold up (these hold a TON of groceries) We can get an entire week’s worth of groceries for a family of 5 in those 6 bags. But we have others that we carry all over the place of other shopping. They range from the “free” bag you get with your Books-a-Million club membership to bags we’ve recieved as “gifts” for attending conferences and seminars to ones we’ve just picked up over the years. We have several good sturdy canvas bags that we got at the grocery store we used to shop at in Oregon and they must be 20 years old! Still have them. Still use them. They’ve been washed and reused SO many times. We joke about “the bag” because someone will ask me where something is and I’ll say, “It’s in ‘the bag’” “which bag?” “The one with the red handles” “Which one with the red handles?” It goes on and on. Really the only reason that I even bought bags at my local grocery store was because my dh said he felt “weird” using other store bags without buying some first. So we bought more bags.
I will admit that I still use plastic grocery bags to bring my meat home in. There is just something icky about meat that I don’t want it in my cloth bags. (yeah, it’s something I have to get over living with all these omnivores).