Reduce Footprints is currently doing daily challenges. Here is yesterday’s:
Save Money. Many stores give discounts – Target, Whole Foods, and Stop and Shop give you 5 cents per bag. Roche Brothers give 5 cents for their bags to Children’s Hospital. Make sure to ask at Target, they often forget.
Easier to carry. My 5 reusable bags are usually enough to hold groceries for my family of 5 for a week. It is so much easier to carry in 5 sturdy bags from the car than the 10 floppy, wiggling all over the place, twisting around your fingers plastic ones.
Convenience. A few years ago, I won this great Esse CarryAll Tote for my reusable bags. All of the grocery bags and produce bags fit nice and neat inside and make it so easy to carry. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on something like this if you don’t want to. Use another tote bag to store your reusables. Think about buying ones that fold up compactly so they aren’t floating around your car. Another idea is to use a carabiner clip like this to hold your bags together. You can then clip the bags to your grocery cart.
|Esse CarryAll Tote|
Always Have One. I have a compact reusable bag in my purse at all times. Carry them in the car, purse, backpack, briefcase, whatever.
Shop At Stores That Encourage Reusables. When I first started bringing my reusables, my grocery store was giving 5 cents per bag. It wasn’t a lot of money, but it was enough of a trigger for me to remember. Now they have signs all over the parking lot “Did you remember your reusable bags?”
- Don’t take a bag. You don’t always NEED a bag. Throw that lemon straight into your shopping cart. Carry your one or 2 items out of the store in your hands or another bag you are already carrying.
- Use reusable produce bags. Many online and retail stores are now carrying produce bags. I purchased mesh draw-string bags at a dollar store at 4 for $1. Or reuse the same produce bag a few times.
- Reusable bags are good for more than just the grocery store. Keep a compact one in your purse. Bring your reusable bags to the Mall, Target, any store!
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation from Esse for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my very own.