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We all know we can reduce plastic bag waste by using reusable bags, but there are still a few things to keep in mind.

You’ve probably already got lots of bags you can use, such as backpacks, gym bags, or anything else. If you are going to purchase bags, try to buy bags made locally and/or made of recycled or upcycled materials. Avoid the cheap and poor-quality bags often sold at grocery stores.

Once you have bags, you come to the harder task: remembering to use them. Different methods work for different people; here are a few ideas that might work for you:

  • Keep bags in a relevant place, such as in your trunk/purse/briefcase, or by the front door
  • Keep bags with your coupons and/or grocery list, perhaps by clipping them together
  • Refuse to allow yourself to accept disposable bags; if you forgot your bags, don’t get groceries
  • Get into the habit of returning the bags to where you keep them after using them
  • If you take your kids shopping, have them remind you
  • Many stores have a small discount for bringing your own bag. Shopping there also provides a financial incentive to remember.

Lastly, in many stores you will want to let them know you have bags before they begin bagging for you.

This applies to Plastic shopping bags.

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Added January 24, 2013.

Last updated December 15, 2013.

Applies to Everywhere.