I think we've reached a tipping point. Even Wal-Mart is hawking reusable bags. The idea is that if you use one of these puppies, you'll ditch paper or plastic forever.
I'm totally on board, but I've noticed something at the grocery store: People toting these reusable sacks to carry other stuff and then opting for paper or plastic anyway when it comes time to bag the groceries. Which really pretty much defeats the point, doesn't it? Hey, I'm no saint; I've forgotten mine a few times when out on errands, at which point I try to haul as much in my arms—and look like a fool for doing so—or stuff one bag until it's about to burst. Anything to minimize the number of plastic bags I use.
But I'm afraid reusable bags are just being used by lots of others as, well, bags. Not as the replacements for paper and plastic they're ostensibly for.
I know, I know. It's not easy being green.
So the verdict: Yes. Of course. But maybe we should really try to ditch the paper and plastic like we're supposed to.
(Photo: b. happybags featured on ReusableBags.com.)