In 2005 we started using the large woven-style grocery totes that are now becoming more and more popular in large markets. This was not because we initially wanted to use less plastic grocery sacks, but because omce we trued them, we realized we could make fewer trips to the car when using a few large bags (instead of 20 plastic sacks rolling around in the back seat.) These products simply made more sense, both practically and environmentally. We havent used a plastic grocery sack by choice in over three years.
When it makes sense to use recycled, renewable, or environmentally friendly products, why not use them? It's a real no-brainer when the price is right and the product quality is on par (or better in most cases) than you would experiece with a traditional, non-environmentally-friendly option.