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SF: Cheap Bags that are Good for the Environment

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by Monica the Intern

 

 

Eco-Bags bitches!

Eco-Bags bitches!

 

Being eco-friendly isn’t always easy on a budget. If you’re new to the game, it seems a lot more trendy than it should be, right? I remember when my parents would bring their bags back to the grocery store from previous trips and everyone would look at them like they were nuts.  They’d give us eye rolls and crazy stares as they put our things in our re-useable bags. that was 1999. But this, my friend, is 2009 and we are living in a different era of eco friendly, where you don’t have to be a hippie to help save some trees.

 

Now, every time I go into some gift shop or a place in the city, they’re always selling great reusable bags to just pop in your purse or pocket if you know you’re coming back home with something.  But these things cost upwards of $7, at least. And for what? A piece of plastic sewn together? Fuck that.  I dropped by Ichiban Kan, the dollar store in Japantown known for its amazing deals, and lo and behold, I found an amazing stash:

 

These patterns look like they were designed by and for Japanese Grannies

These patterns look like they were designed by and for really hip Japanese Grannies

 

These puppies have really awesome designs on them, whether its the outline of the town print or just a plain vintage, wallpaper flower-y one. And guess how much these puppies were?  $2!!!!!!!!!!!! They’re really easy to roll up and you can fit one in your purse or in your back pocket. I took them grocery shopping the other day and all of them held up really well. I got compliments on how awesome they were too, which is a definite plus.

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Monica Miller - The Intern

Monica Miller - The Intern

Ms. Miller was born in San Diego, CA to one lesbian mother and one
righteous, cheap father. Currently, she is enrolled at San Francisco
State University for a B.A. in Journalism and the approximate
completion date is around 2015. She has worked for many papers in the
Bay Area, including the Oakland Tribune and the San Mateo Country
Times and is currently the city editor at one of the most
underappreciated publications in SF, the Golden Gate [X]press. Though
she may find bargains aplenty, it only stems from the necessity of
never landing an actual job and working for hacks [like Stuart.] With
intelligence, style, poise, bite, and honesty, she will rip your heart
out; but not before writing some awesome, poignant shit. This year,
she is looking forward to bigger and better things such as: trying to
get paid for a gig, actually finding a date that isn't a loser or
fucking crazy, not calling her parents when hungover and bringing you
the best of the 7x7 everyday of the week. [By the way, I wasn't
kidding about the date thing; if you love food, booze and shoegaze,
get at me.]