Would you drive to VA where, unlike DC, you pay taxes on your groceries? Would you tuck six bottles of wine under your arms to carry to your car? Would you just say no to a bag for your take out dinner and risk having it end up on the sidewalk?

Apparently yes, yes and yes.

According to this WPost article, some people are going to great lengths to avoid paying the DC bag tax that was implemented on January 1st.  This, plus the many who already brought their own bags plus free tote bags from the big grocery chains has lead to a drop of more than 50% in plastic bags consumption since the program began.

If you don’t like the look of the Giant or Safeway totes, check out the Chico bags.  Or make your own. Although you might need to shop in VA a few times if you wanted to make your tote out of crocheted plastic bags.