and the winner is... Courtney, who said "Plastic bags are a BAD idea all around. I recently lived in Scotland for a bit where the grocery stores stopped offering plastic bags and I LOVED it, they also offered reward points for returning unused ones. When I returned to the States I was shocked that this practice was not as wide spread as I had hoped. Switching to re-useable bags saves energy and is so much healthier for the environment and it is one easy way we can each feel like we're making difference. I vote "YES'' for re-useable bags!!!" Thanks Courtney and Congratulations!