Today’s green living tip: bring a bag along. Wherever you go, just have one handy – car, purse, backpack, or bicycle – and tucked away so that you can say “no thanks” when offered a plastic or paper bag at the store. Or be like my stylish sister-in-law who brings a basket with her when she shops. Bringing along a bag means less waste for the Earth but it also saves retailers money – which they’re hopefully passing along to us!
This may seem like an easy one – and it’s even been legislated in a few places – but bringing your own bag (or bags) when you go shopping is a big saver. We received mesh bags for a wedding present 25-years ago and still use them every shopping trip. They also fit nicely in a pocket or my handbag. (Here are some green + frugal gift ideas!)
Yes, I forget once in a while, but making the effort to remember, and keeping a stash of reusable bags in the car, helps. That way, when I head out to run errands or go to the grocery store, they’re handy. After unloading bags when I get home, I put the bags back in the car right away – that way I’m ready for the next trip. (Here’s how to jazz up a second-hand bag.) Make it a habit – it’s an easy one.
Cloth, paper or plastic, your reusable “holding device” will prevent unnecessary resources from being consumed and garbage from being produced. Go with a basket and you’ll look stylish, too!
How do you remember to bring bags with you? What’s your trick to remember them?
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To celebrate April as “Earth Month,” I’m sharing a tip every day this month. Find all the tips by clicking the image below.