Why Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags?

Reusable Shopping BagsWith earth day just around the corner, I thought I’d blog about reusable shopping bags. We first noticed reusable shopping bags showing up in our local grocery stores a few years ago.  We picked up our first 3 bags or I should say my wife picked them up and I begrudgingly agreed we would use them.  It wasn’t until I saw their benefits for me, that I began to enjoy using them. One of the best benefits I’ve seen is that you can pack much more in them which means less trips from the car to the kitchen counter.  In years past I would have 5 plastic bags in one hand, 5 in another and some soda boxes under my arm. With reusable bags you can fit at least 2 plastic bags worth of products (if not more) into 1 reusable bag. Here are some other benefits:

What are the benefits of using reusable bags?

  • some grocery stores here in Delaware offer a bag discount
  • Trader Joes offers a weekly gift certificate raffle
  • you can fit more items in each bag making less trips from car to kitchen
  • the cut down on clutter in your house
  • they help bring awareness to environmental issues

One complaint I have heard about reusable shopping bags is that people forget to bring them to the store. I’ll be the first to admit that we have forgotten to bring them every once in a while. I also have yet to put one or two of them in my car which means if I’m picking something up on the way home I end up getting a plastic bag. Once you get in the habit of using them though, it will become part of the routine. Try putting the bags either in your car or somewhere on the way to your car (in your garage) so you will see them before you leave for the store.

picture-14Also, if you’ve alreay made the switch to reusable grocery bags, you might want to consider reusable produce bags as well. They aren’t readily available in local stores however I have seen a few places online that sell them. We picked up a few of them last year on Amazon.com.