I've been working on a small personal challenge to reduce the amount of plastic bags that come into my home. And so far it's been pretty successful.
I have tons of plastic bags. And I use them too. They're used to throw the trash out, package up potential messy food and drinks when traveling, and many other conveniences. Maybe someday I could drop them as well, but for now I walk around with reusable fabric bags (which I have tons) and even plastic grocery bags too for the potentially messy purchase of food or drinks.
So far it's been going pretty good. Supermarket cashiers and fruit vendors are somewhat taken aback when I tell them no bad or to reuse my bag that I returned at item in. However, while I may have to mention it once or twice while I'm paying, they easily adapt and either put my belongings in my provided bag or wait for me to do it.
As my not-so-environmentally friendly dh would say, just throw the excess bags in the trash. But, that's just not my way. Plus, I've even reduced getting receipts when I'm sure I won't return the item or need the reference such as ATM receipts, food purchases and much more.
Check out my stash 'O bags..