Are you actually using your reusable shopping bags?

September 29, 2008 · Print This Article

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Lots of public are buying reusable shopping bags these days. Whether the bags are hip and trendy or just the 99 cent version from the local grocery store, reusable bags are everywhere.

If I open a new checking explanation at a local bank, I get a reusable bag. whether I spend by a undoubtful amount of money at my local quilt store, I get a reusable bag. One summer after reading a convinced number of books at the library I got a reusable bag.

Here’s the thing though. It costs more in energy and resources to produce those reusable bags. And the majority of them break down at a much slower rate whether thrown away. So you have to actually use them to invent a difference.

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According to a Wall Street Journal editorial anywhere from about 10% to 50% of us are actually reusing those bags. The rest used up additional resources to be produced and sit gathering dust in closets and trunks while folks still bring home plastic bags.

This seems like a pretty simplistic tip, but, whether you have reusable bags, build certain you are using them. I keep one folded up as small as it will go in my

purse for purchases at the bookstore, hardware store, etc. I keep a few bags in each of my family’s cars so that we always have a few when we stop at the grocery store. I take a bag to the library to carry my books home.

The key, is remembering to let your cashier know you have a bag. Their habits of immediately packing things into a plastic bag are very ingrained. Quite the opposite of our habits of bringing bags along. So, invent an effort to bring those bags and remember to let your cashier know you have your own bag.

Otherwise, they may take things out of the plastic bag, place them in your reusable bag and throw away the plastic bag as I saw happen at a local big box store not too enlarged ago. We can do it. We just have to retrain our way of thinking.

If you have made your own bags at home, purchased handmade bags, made in the USA or other varieties like that, the impact of production may be less, but, you still need to remember to use them as well.

What helps you remember to bring your reusable bags?

 

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[Source] Christina Clark

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