As a family, we've been talking quite a bit about the oil spill and finding ways to further our efforts to reduce our consumption of petroleum products and other actions we can take to reassess our lifestyle. I though that perhaps we could share ideas here, and encourage each other to find ways to respond to this nightmare rather that becoming paralyzed by the magnitude of the spill. We are combining trips, driving less and using the more fuel efficient car whenever possible. Using reusable water bottles and giving water bottles as gifts ( I really like these http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/classic/klean-kanteen-classic.html) Bringing our own bags to the supermarket Not buying products, especially produce, packed in those plastic clamshells and actively writing to producers of foods to encourage them to reduce packaging and reliance on plastic. BUT, I haven't found a solution to plastic garbage bags.... we recycle and compost but there's still trash to deal with and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with ditching the kitchen garbage bag? Are there any alternatives that work?