Perhaps you’ve already been eyeing the many reusable bag options at your local supermarket. Maybe you like the cool designs or perhaps you just want to go green with your shopping. Whatever the case may be, there are some easy tips to help you make that transition from plastic or paper to reusable bags. Below you’ll find five tips to work on to make the move to reusable bags instead of those that are filling up space in your cabinets and the landfill. Keep these tips in mind whenever you want to move over to this type of bagging.
Purchase Enough Bags
One problem with shopping with these bags is many consumers don’t purchase enough of them to take their groceries home. Consider how much shopping you actually do. What type of items are you buying? How large are they? Do you buy enough groceries for a family of four or more for a week? Then making sure you have enough bags on hand is key to making this transition easy. You can purchase custom tote bags, adorable designs or just plain colors for your bag collection.
Keep Bags In Your Vehicle
You must have easy access to these bags when you’re going to use them. If you don’t keep them in the vehicle, you may forget them when you shop. That defeats the whole purpose of transitioning over to reusable products. Make sure that once you’ve used them, you take them right back to your car for the next trip.
Bags For Different Purposes
One easy to transition is to make sure you have bags for certain items. For example, don’t keep your meat and your produce in the same bag. Be sure you have bags designated for each type of food and also for clean items such as clothing or cleaning supplies. Having the bags separated helps to reduce cross-contamination as well.
Make sure you wash the bags from time-to-time. This helps to keep viruses or bacteria from growing and passing around. It’s important that you keep the bags clean, so you’ll want to use them more often. Whether you’ve bought a variety of bags or have some at home, keeping them clean is essential in this process.
Don’t Be Afraid To Tell The Cashier
Sometimes you get sidetracked and go buy groceries only to get to the counter and realize your bags are in your car. Push your buggy to the side and inform the cashier you’ll be right back. Don’t be afraid to take this step. It helps you to reduce the plastic you’re going to bring home while you’re utilizing the bags you already have. They will understand. You’re not the first person to do it and you won’t be the last.
These are just five of the ways to make that easy transition over to reusable bags versus paper or plastic. You can make this transition for your entire family easy and seamless.