Quite some time ago, I started to use reusable shopping bags. I actually started with reusing paper bags at Trader Joe's. But then I amassed several reusable shopping bags and gradually got into the habit of putting them in my purse or in my car. It's gotten to the point where it is very rare that I don't have a reusable bag on me.
So, after all this time, I'm running into a problem. I was using my stash of plastic shopping bags as lunch bags and bathroom trash bags. However, I've suddenly run out of them. I reuse my paper bags for recycling. They are in perilously low supply, as well.
What do I do now? I can't recycle if I don't put my recyclables in paper bags. As for the plastic bags, I can buy a reusable lunch bag. But what about for my bathroom trash? I could buy wee trash bags. That would make me feel like an asshole. My other option would be to switch to paper bags. But, um, there's that problem with the paper bags I already mentioned.
For the time being, I've relieved the 'rents of several paper bags. I don't recycle as much as I should because I don't have space to store bags for paper, glass, cans and plastic in my apartment for two weeks. I should really try to just throw them all in one bag and then separate on recycling day, but let's be honest -- I'm not going to do that. I can try, though.
Still, that would require MORE paper bags, and I've pointed out the problem with that scenario a handful of times now. So, what the fuck am I supposed to do? I want to be MORE smug about how much I love Mother Earth, dammit.