It was a hard habit to develop, but I’m finally at the point where I remember my reusable shopping bags almost every time I go to the store. And, I love to see that I’m not the only one. It seems like the people bringing reusable bags are almost equal to the people using plastic.
That’s wonderful progress for the environment because plastic bags can take 500 to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. When they escape out of the garbage the get stuck in trees, posing a deadly hazard to birds and other wildlife. And they’re just unsightly to look out.
The fewer plastic bags we use, the better!
Here at Earth Divas, we offer a number of reusable shopping bags that I love. Here’s our newest shopping bag, which is a fair trade bag made from recycled rice bags.
How to Remember Your Reusable Shopping Bags
Like I said, I used to forget my shopping bags all the time. Here’s how I made a habit out of grabbing my bags.
1. Keep Them In Sight
“Out of sight, out of mind” is true for a reason. If you don’t see your bags, you’re probably going to forget them, at least until it becomes a habit. When I started using eco-friendly shopping bags, I bought a large one that I really enjoyed looking at, and stuffed all the others inside. I then hung that large shopping bag in my kitchen.
It became a work of art that brightened up the wall. And I always saw it while I was making my grocery list.
You can also keep your reusable shopping bags in your car. This one can be harder to start doing because as soon as you unload your groceries, you have to remember to take your bags right back out to your car for next time. I tried this, but I was more successful hanging my bag inside my kitchen.
2. Keep a Bag In Your Purse
You’ve probably seen those thin nylon bags that ball up really small, and are stored inside a thin sack. These are about the size of an egg, and they are perfect for keeping in your purse (especially if you have one of our new Hobo Bags with tons of room!)
I need to get one of these for those times that I pop into the store when I didn’t expect to. I’m always caught without a reusable bags during these times, and one of those tiny ones would work out perfect.
How do you remember to take your reusable bags? I’d love to hear your tips and strategies in the comments!
Filed under: Eco Living on June 27th, 2013