The co-op is a shop I remember from my earliest days, they are still going strong and most neighbourhoods have a co-op of some sort. Their history is fascinating. Yesterday a little cloth package was delivered through all the doors in the neighbourhood. Usually free gifts are delivered in plastic bags of some sort aren't they. Inside this cloth package was a free cloth shopping bag from the co-op. The co-op has very strong ethics about life and the environment and I can see them setting a trend by replacing plastic bags with a more environmentally friendly alternative. I really do hope so! I've heard of the cloth flour sacks that used to be used and I'm wondering if we will see a return to this sort of thing. How wonderful it would be to be able to recycle packaging by actually making something useful instead of sending it to the growing recycling mountains that seem to be springing up, that contain useless plastic etc. This little bag pictured here will come in very useful in my craft room!!!