When going shopping, more than likely the first thing on your mind is what you are taking out of the store, not what you are bringing in. Groceries, house hold items, pet food, clothes for the kids, the list can go on and on. How often, on the way in the grocery store, do you think about bringing your bags in?
At first, this habit can be a hard one to get into. If you don't have any recycled tote bags right now, you have a few options on how to get them. Most stores now offer their own bags for a pretty small price. These can look very nice and in many cases hold up well to carrying your purchases. Also, keep an eye on craft sales. With these bags becoming the popular choice for carrying your purchases, many people who sell at craft shows have found new ways to make these bags, such as recycling old plastic bags or old t-shirts.
Promote Your Company While Grocery Shopping With Recycled Tote Bags!
Once you have your bags, you have to remember to take them with you when you get in the car. If you're one of the many people who usually forgets this step, try putting the bags in your car as soon as you're done unpacking them. This will ensure that even if you're a little forgetful as you run out of the house, or if you make an unexpected stop on the way home from work, you have your bags with you. If you don't drive, or if it's a long walk down a flight of stairs to your car, you can always stash a couple that fold up very small in your purse. Keep the rest on a hanger by your entryway so you can see them when you leave. When you get to the store, all you have to do is remember to bring your bags in. Getting set up with recycled tote bags, getting into the habit of returning them to your car after unpacking, and remembering to bring them into the store with you will not only lessen your impact on the environment, but it will save you from the tons of plastic bags that come home with you every time you shop. Once you have your routine, you'll bring less and less plastic bags home, and you won't have to worry about remembering to recycle them anymore.