11 Tricks To Remember Your Reusable Bags
We’ll start this super helpful and amazing blog off with some inspiration:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
The need for a change in how we interact with our planet has become more evident than ever. In an effort to reduce the plastic usage in our stores, we 1.) only provide plastics bags that are made from recycled material, 2.) act as a recycling center for any plastic bags you may have at home, and 3.) introduced our Go-Green Reusable bags in a number of styles, designs, and sizes. Some even come with a reusable 10¢ off coupon!
While the bags are great for more than just groceries, half of the battle is remembering to bring them with you! So we put together this list of 11 ways to help remember your reusable bags.
1.) Have A Large Selection
It’s easiest to remember your bags if there are a number to choose from! More bags mean more areas to strategically place them so you don’t forget. Which brings us to our next point-
2.) Strategic Placement
Our favorite places include a cupboard in the kitchen, a hook or basket near the front door, tucked between your center console and seat in the car, stashed away in your purse, and anywhere else you could grab them on the go.
3.) Make It A Habit
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit of something – let’s apply this to shopping with reusable bags. With a little determination and discipline, remembering your bags to go shopping will become second nature. To get started, we need to be a little hard on ourselves. So, if you forget, you 1.) buy more green bags at the market, or 2.) head home/to the car and grab them. Inconvenient? A little, but over time being strict with yourself will help you remember to bring them next time.
4.) Invest In Some Convenience
With the push for major change in our environmental impact, reducing, reusing, and recycling have become businesses of their own. This has given way to all-new ways to make remembering your bags even easier, including bags small enough to attach to your keychain and bags small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.
5.) “BAGS” Should Be The First Thing On Your List
Until your habit is formed, this should be the most important item on your list!
6.) Remind Yourself
Leave notes or set alarms around the time you are planning to leave.
7.) Make It Personal
Try sewing or knitting or crocheting your own bags. You can even put some of those old t-shirts to good use with this helpful how-to!
8.) Involve Your Family
If you have kids and you take them shopping, explain why you want to take your special bags, and put them in charge of helping you remember to bring them with you and take them in. It gives them a job and helps to teach them remembering your bags is an important task as well!
9.) Put Your Bags Back When You’re Finished
Almost the trickiest part! The groceries are away and it’s dinner time – don’t forget to put them back in the car/your strategic place.
10.) Let Your Cashier Know To Use The Bags You’ve Brought
For some cashiers, bagging with the plastic is second nature, so reminding them is very helpful. They also need to scan the 10¢ coupon underneath! It also feels great to skip out on the pesky plastic and load up your own bigger, stronger, and better bags. Those on line behind you will see as well, so maybe they will remember their own bags next time!
11.) Keep Your Good Habit Going Strong Beyond Grocery Shopping
Bring your reusable bags when you go anywhere they might try to give you a plastic bag. You’ll be setting a great example for those around you and reducing your footprint.
Why This All Matters So Much
Over 1 trillion plastic bags are produced every year—and every single one of those bags will take an estimated 1,000 years to degrade. They often end up in our oceans and environment, effecting wildlife and the oceans purity. At that cost, is the convenience of using plastic bags really worth it?
Help us do some positive in the fight for the planet – recycle your plastic bags at your local Best Market and pick-up your own Go-Green reusable bag today!
April 14, 2019