Many retailers are also offering custom shopping bags for sale in their stores. These bags are purchased by the consumer for a small fee, typically a dollar or less, and can then be used in place of plastic or paper bags to take their purchases home. The bags are typically made of cloth with one small piece of hard plastic inserted in the bottom for weight support. While these bags are more costly than the traditional and flimsy plastic bags stores have used for years, the cost is shared with the consumer choosing to purchase the bag making it no more expensive for the store to produce and offer. This allows the consumer a choice in participating in the process. These bags also usually carry the logo of the store where it was purchased adding an advertising dimension to the product. Many stores have incentives to reuse these bags, including some supermarkets who will offer you a small discount, usually around a nickel, if you reuse the bags.
With the desire to conserve our environment and the benefits associated with the customer, now is the time for businesses of all sizes to take advantage of reusable and custom made shopping bags.