About a year or so ago I purchased one of those cloth bags to do my grocery shopping with. It's a really nice one, from Origins. I started out buying only one because I wanted to make sure I was going to like (and I didn't want to spend lots of money all at once on cloth bags).
Well, I think I've only used it a few times. Pretty much every single time I go to the store I forget my little earth-saving bag. I tried keeping it on my back-door-knob so that I couldn't forget it when I was walking out the door, but I would still forget it. Then I even tried keeping it in my car, but that didn't work either. And when that did work I would forget to put it back in my car after bring my stuff into the house.
So, today, I was so proud of myself. I ran to Target to get a few things and I brought my bag into the store WITH ME! I was dutifully using my bag as a shopping basket, loading it up with the stuff I wanted to buy.
When I got to the checkout line I unloaded my stuff onto the conveyor belt and rehearsed in my head how I was going to tell the cashier, "I brought my own bag!". Then what did I do next?
I forgot to tell the cashier about my bag. I stood there, holding my cloth bag, and watched her bag up my stuff in multiple plastic bags. And then I felt really dumb and I didn't want her to see my cloth bag, so I quickly tossed it in my friend's shopping cart.
I do recycle my plastic grocery bags, so maybe that helps, right? I don't completely hate the earth.