Mr Green goes shopping without his reusable bag

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Can you imagine it? There we are at our trusty Co-Op trundling around with our basket when we realise, quelle horreur, that we are sans reusable bag.

Dang! How embarrassing for two seasoned non-plastic-carrier-bagging-zero-waste-challengers.

“Never mind,” I mutter confidentally; “I’ll buy one of their reuseable cloth bags. I’ve been meaning to get one for ages anyway……..”

We reach the checkout and look around for the cloth bags. NO BAGS! They have an assortment of ‘bags for life’ which, basically means ‘thick plastic that ends up in the landfill’ to me, but nothing in cloth. There are no boxes either.

“Well, we’ll just have to carry it between us.” I say, figuring out how many items I can carry across the car park at once.

But no! Mr Green has other plans, which involve stripping at the checkout!

To the gasps of delight from females across the store and shifty glances from the men, Mr Green removes his top.

The cashier looks all flustered and the colour rises in her cheeks. It’s like a remake of the Levi Jeans advert we all used to pour over (in fact, it was that advert that was resonsible for me sourcing an original version of Marvin Gaye’s “I head it through the grapevine” at great expense) as temperatures soar in the local Co-Op.

Ice creams melt, fish leap off the fish counter, ladies in their seventies start provocatively patting their blue rinses and children everywhere cover their eyes.

What does he have in mind?

His very own jumpabag

Mr green shows off his jumper bag

Go on, Mrs Green; show us what’s in the bag……

contents of jumper bag
Look how much Mr Green’s big, flexible bag can hold!

contents of the jumper bag

Pure genius! I love this resourceful man of mine (and so do most of the staff and customers in the co-op!)

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. LOL – That is so funny….Thank you Mr Green! And Thank You Mrs Green for spilling the beans 😀

  2. russell says:

    What a great story! Very funny.

  3. Oh that’s just wonderful! Well done, when will you be marketing the versatile bag-that-you-wear?

  4. Anna-Lisa says:

    Excellent story – I try hard to always have some reusable bags but sometimes I can forget and then carry them in my hand, which shop assistants find strange. If I forget in future I will try Mr Greens technique, just hope I have enough clothes on – dont want to get arrested for indecent exposure!

  5. Jane says:

    Definitely some quick thinking there (or do you think he’d been storing up the idea for a while, just waiting for the right moment!)

  6. Mrs Green says:

    😀 you think there is a gap in the market for his jumpa-bag Sarah?

    Anna-Lisa, do let us know if you get arrested; we’d love to feature you on our site 😉

  7. Cynthia says:

    I concur with the others – LOL! I’ve endured the same humiliating, green faux pas on harried occasions. I carried everything to the car, put them in my reusable, thermal insulated shopping bags (that I have had for 5 years!) and then returned the paper bags right back to the store.

    By the way, my 12 year old granddaughter enjoys using our premium, MADE IN THE USA, bags (not the cheap grocery store ones) that she has started her own business, Kool Bags Sold by a Kool Kid. You can check then out on her website,

    She also donates 10% of her profits to the Winter Special Olympics 2009 to be held in Boise, ID.

    Since laughter is the best medicine, thanks for the immune system booster, Mrs. Green!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Lovely to see you and thank you for taking time to leave a comment here. Your Granddaughter sounds wonderful; what a great gift she is offering the world. I wish her every success. What are her Kool Bags made from?
    We’re in the UK, but I know we have several readers from across the pond who might be interested in buying from her and supporting her cause 🙂

    Kudos to you for returning your bags to the store!

  9. GLENDA KIRBY says:

    Interesting!! Maybe I missed the opportunity to create a jumper bag, but have enough on really creating charibags which are reusable eco bags with a social conscience. This started in 2006 as way of a thank you to the hospital that saved my sons life, now we create reusable eco bags for charities, schools,not-for-profit groups and businesses all over. Please visit for more information.

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Glenda,

    Your company sounds wonderful – thank you for bringing this to our awareness.
    What a meaningful way to ‘pay it forward’ in respect of the hospital that saved your sons life and what a beautiful story!

    Good luck with everything.

  11. LOL awesome story! You do have a very resourceful man there. ” better hold on to that one!!” Nice to see more and more men are starting to take notice of the environment issues,and getting creative to boot. Great Post… I printed this one out!

  12. Mrs Green says:

    Hello Mrs.Dyed Handmade Tote Bags 😀 I love the bags on your site. Are you doing well with your sales – I would think these would be very popular designs. Good luck!

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