About 5 years ago, I spent a month in the UK and Ireland. What I found interesting in Ireland is that everyone I saw carried their own shopping bag, not just to the grocery store, but to any and every store. I forked over a couple Euros for some reusable spiffy Tesco shopping bags (that I still use to this day). Folks at my local Stop and Shop still try to give me those silly plastic carrier bags (despite the fact I have a collection of re-usable bags in my cart). I think most Americas would have a spaz attack if they had to pay 33c per bag each time they went to the storeHere is an article from the NY Times explaining why this turned out to be a good thing for Ireland-check it out.