Reusable shopping bags aren’t just a trendy way to carry your groceries as you walk home from the organic farmer’s market sipping your kombucha through a paper straw. There are actually many reasons why using reusable bags is the right way to carry your groceries (and everything else), not the least of which are new laws that mandate it in many areas.
As of April 2019, single-use plastic bags in large retail stores have been effectively banned in at least three states and ten more major cities and counties in the United States. Many other jurisdictions have implemented mandatory fees for plastic bags in stores and ramped up recycling efforts for single-use plastic products including bags.
So, why should we use reusable bags, and do the benefits of using reusable shopping bags really add up?
The most obvious and urgent answer to the question, “Why use reusable bags?” is to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment. It’s not news that single-use plastics like water bottles and shopping bags are crowding landfills and endangering wildlife. In fact, pleas from do-gooders, tree-huggers, and others to reduce our plastic waste have become so ubiquitous that many of us may feel inclined to brush them aside.
Still, the plain truth is that our use of plastic bags is more than excessive (especially in the United States), and is taking a serious toll on the planet. So, rather than preach to you, our dear readers who just want to get to the point and buy some cool stuff, we’re going to hit you with some hard facts about single-use plastic bags.
Now that you’re aware of the dramatic impact single-use plastic bags have on our environment, we hope you have a better understanding of why we should use reusable bags. It seems like an easy decision to make and an easy practice to adopt, so what’s stopping us?
With so many benefits of using reusable shopping bags, it seems like this is a no-brainer. And (theoretically, at least) it is.
Ironically, the biggest deterrent many people cite that keeps them from fully embracing reusable bags is our brains—we simply forget! We’ve all been there: you tote your groceries home and put them away, then leave your reusable bags in the kitchen. Or if you actually manage to get the reusable bags back into your vehicle, you leave forget them in the trunk when you go to the store.
Here are our best ideas for tricking yourself into making reusable bags part of your routine:
Yes, these extra steps may feel like a hassle at first, but if you take them enough times you’ll never forget your bags again. Plus, it’s a small price to pay for helping to save the lives of millions of animals…and our planet.
Luckily for you, we sell a wide variety of reusable bags, as well as other eco-friendly promotional items. Even better, we customize them to promote your brand or cause at no additional cost.
Best of all, we offer great prices on reusable shopping bags — so you can afford to do more than your part by handing them out to clients, customers, guests, and friends with abandon. Doing so helps spread the word about why we should use reusable shopping bags.
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