I have been using cloth bags for grocery store shopping for years now. Not only do you get a discount for each one at many stores but they are sturdier and larger than plastic bags great for heavy items. And many stores (such as Whole Foods) are no longer using plastic bags at all, encouraging people to bring their own bags, backpacks, etc. As someone commented on my blog, Ireland since 2002, has been charging a 33 cent tax on plastic bags! Other countries like China are charging for use of plastic bags and Israel has a bill out right now for the same concept. San Francisco was the first us city to ban plastic bags last year with more of this trend to come I’m sure.
So why not try some marketing for your library and raise a little money in the process, by creating and selling cloth bags with your library’s logo on them. Most libraries have a company to buy “swag” from – check and see if they offer personalized cloth bags. Here is an example from janway.