Once in a blue moon you really need a plastic bag... other than that one time you don't. There are many, many ways to reduce your plastic footprint. And a super easy way is to buy your fresh fruits & vegetables loose at the grocery without putting them in those bags. Because where does it go when we throw it away? Recycling is part of a solution but the first step is REDUCE. Then reuse it. And lastly recycle once you've already reduced & reused.