How to make sure you never forget your reusable bags!
Days 7 of our carbon fast focused on reducing plastic disposable carrier bags.
The suggestion read “Reduce the number of plastic bags you use by getting a fabric or reusable bag for shopping. Although plastic bags use 70% less plastic than they did 20 years ago, most are still made from polyethylene, a non-degradable plastic.”
Fortunately for me, polythene can be recycled at our local supermarket, but still I’m a ‘no plastic bag’ kinda gal.
The last time I used a disposable plastic carrier bag was in April 2008. I remember it well! I was reading an article about the effects of plastic on marine life and showed Mr Green an image of a turtle who had swallowed a carrier bag. I showed him the image and he won’t mind me sharing with you that he cried.
Plastic carrier bag
He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said “We’re never taking another plastic carrier bag, EVER again!” and we haven’t!
There have been times when we’re forgotten to take our reusable bags with us. It wasn’t unusual during those first few weeks to turn up at the checkout sans bag, but we persevered and now we seldom forget.
The secret to success was to putting a simple yet effective system in place.
Everyone has a different set up and it’s important to find the right bags and containers for you. You might need a foldable bag you can attach to your keyring, a cloth bag you can fold up inside your briefcase or a jute bag which you carry your handbag inside. It might be better for you to keep your bags in the car, next to the front door or in the kitchen…Experiment and find out what works for you.
Remember your bags!
A couple of years ago I put together a short You Tube video showing people how we remember to take our bags and reusable containers with us every time we go out shopping.
Tell me, how do you ensure you get to the checkout with your reusable bag?