A high-quality reusable bag has the potential to replace over 600 single-use plastic bags over its lifetime, significantly reducing litter while also conserving natural resources.
But they’re not just environmentally-friendly — in many areas where single-use plastic bags are banned, they’re one of the few practical solutions available.
10 BYO reusable bag ideas
Put “Bring shopping bag” on the top of every grocery list.
Keep your bags in reach so you’re more likely to see them and bring them into the store.
Store reusable bags in the car and at work. Many shopping trips are unplanned and unexpected, so you can be prepared by keeping your bags handy and accessible.
Get reusable bags that have a clip or clip loop, and attach your reusable bags to key chains, belt loops, purse straps, dog leashes, and stroller handles — anything to make sure they’re there when you need them.
Hang your bags on your doorknob, and you’ll be sure to remember your reusable bag on the way out of the house.
In the checkout line and forgot your bags? If you have just a few items, “go bagless.” If you have more, just load all of your groceries back into the cart, and bag them once you get to your car. If you completely forgot your bags, you can always load your un-bagged groceries into the car, then grab your bags once you get home.
After cleaning them out, always be sure to put the bags back in your car.
Don’t limit your reusable bags to just grocery trips — bring them to the drugstore, the mall, garage sales, and anywhere else you shop.
Stuck for a gift idea? Give your friends and family reusable bags for presents.
Since you should use multi-use shopping bags — and often have to — it’s a good thing that there are many different types available, including those that come in different colors, patterns, handle styles and materials. Here’s a look at some of our picks!