30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 1: Reusable Bags)

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Spread the Sustainable Gospel!

Zero Waste Challenge – Reusable Bags | Taking reusable cloth bags to the store has to be one of the easiest zero waste lifestyle switches. The best part, everyone can do this! Nearly every store sells cloth bags so it has become incredibly convenient to use and to get them. Despite how easy it is, we still use and discard nearly 1 trillion plastic bags a year! That is insane! And guess what they are made from. Mostly oil or natural gas. Yes, a fossil fuel that we obsess over nearly every time we drive past a gas station and yet, we turn that precious commodity into a useless plastic bag that always ends up in the trash. Well, it’s time to take a vow.

Repeat after me, “I, your name, vow to never, ever, ever, ever use another plastic bag again!”

Think of the cabinet space you’ll save by no longer needing that plastic sack stash area!

Not sold yet? What if I told you that some stores credit you for using reusable bags? Yep, it’s true. The stores I patron credit me 5 cents a bag. Hey, it adds up!

So go get you some reusable bags, stick some in your car, and take them into every single store you go into to. Yep, that includes retail as well! There, doesn’t it feel good to eliminate your first disposable, trash producing item? Trust me, the more we go, the more addicting it becomes!

If you have a hard time remembering your bags…

  • Keep some in your car, purse, or backpack.
  • Hang them on the door so that you see them when you leave
  • Use boxes at the store then recycle afterward
  • Carry your groceries out without a bag if you don’t have reusable bags
Don’t fret if you still forget them from time to time. Habits take time to form.

Day 2: Use A Reusable Water Bottle

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11 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 1: Reusable Bags)

  1. I am disabled and have to have groceries delivered. Along with most everything else retail. I have cloth bags and used them when I still did my own shopping but now am dependent on InstaCart–who aren’t terrible about their packaging (I tried Amazon Fresh and there was more packaging than there was food–no exaggeration) but still there are the plastic bags and the packaging on the food itself. I give the bags back to the next person to recycle for me and am just trusting that they’ll do it. Do you or any of the other readers have ideas for how to implement Day One if you can’t go to the store yourself? TIA!

    • I’ve actually thought about this very recently as I know many people who utilize grocery delivery. There is an organization called Boomerang Bags that stock reusable bags at grocery stores for people to use then return. This would be a great thing to suggest to the grocery store to eliminate the need for disposable bags.

      Also, when you place your order you could specify that you don’t want any plastic bags, just paper. Also, ask for your fruits and veggies without plastic produce bags. You could then compost or recycle the paper bags or give them back to the delivery person to recycle at the grocery store. Same with plastic bags. Most grocery stores have a plastic bag drop off so you could give the plastic bags back to the delivery person for recycling.

      Hope this helps!

  2. The store I shop at has ‘compostable’ bags. I have heard that these are still not great because conditions need to be very specific to break down and they rarely are in landfills. However, although I am in the process of reducing my waste….I still need a garbage bag to line my garbage container. I just have a small one that grocery bags work perfectly for . So for now I would rather use these compostable ones than buy real plastic garbage bag ones and these are free. I find most of my waste is actually food scraps from produce. I have ordered some worms and hope to start worm composting soon. I just find that most less waste bloggers etc. recommend stopping using plastic bags as a first step and explain how it’s so easy.which I totally agree with the need to work towards ditching the plastic bags. But I think many people like me need to FIRST start composting and reducing whatever you’re throwing out that still requires a plastic trash bag. It doesn’t make sense to stop using plastic grocery bags only to go and buy plastic garbage bags. This is just a little frustration for me because until I am completely zero waste which is basically impossible I will need to use trash bags. Maybe once the food scraps are gone my waste will be dry enough I won’t need th eplastic bag. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  3. Done, it was pretty easy, cause I owned only a few of them. But still, what the other? Today I was standing on a bus stop when an elderly woman go across me, with four plastic bags (new one) in her hands (from a shop next to). And the other, factories, shops, sellers,… It takes me no time to fully quit, why takes it so longer, if so, the others? Still can trying to call my grandpa not to use them, “But it is comfortable.” O.k but how, if there is stil so much people willing to buying this plastic stuffs – Whatsoever possible to quit them in a factoryies? If they will be not buying, they would be less of their production.
    For fun, once I told a saleswoman not to package the croissant, that I can take it in my hand, if she just could to give me in. She was amazed, the people in the line besides me were (I would not lie saying) standing open mounted. She did as I asked. But I have never ever buy another croissant there. It was inconceivable.
    Have a nice day!

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