I know the west coast is leaps and bounds ahead of the east coast when it comes to recycling. It's only recently that some of the stores and outlets in NY have no plastic bags at all for customers. You either bring your own bags or buy re-usable bags. I commend the effort but I am one of those people who end up going back out to my car for my re-usable bags... I have them, I just never remember to bring them inside with me. I'm alright in some of the stores. I always have the Compact, Fold Up, Fabric Grocery Bag in my purse. But I have only made myself the one so I still need the ones that are in the car. I know that I am not the only one who has a mental block to remembering to bring in the cloth grocery bags, so I am suggesting the Compact, Fold Up, Fabric Grocery Bag as gifts. I have a couple people I know would like to have half a dozen of them so I'm working on those this week.