As a recovering Trader Joe’s employee, I can confirm that yes, in fact, your cashier probably does sit in judgment of you if you keep coming back every week using the uber-wasteful paper bags instead of bringing your own. If those 99-cent TJ’s bags you can buy right at the counter aren’t your style, check out the latest free hands-on workshop from those clever crafters at Etsy tomorrow. The workshop is on how to make your own reusable tote, either out of cloth you sew yourself or by weaving extra plastic bags into a new tote.
Bags for the People will be on hand to show you how to make a drawstring cloth bag using sewing machines and batik cloth. Or you can figure out what to do with all those plastic bags you have lying around: Montclair Made will show you how to spin bags into “plarn” and crochet into the perfect picnic tote (they recommend bringing 20-30 plastic bags to try this out).
The event runs July 17 from 5pm-8pm at Etsy Labs, 55 Washington St. Suite 712, Dumbo.