It happens to all of us. You get to the checkout and the cashier asks if you have any bags of your own to use. Well of course I do! I am a steward of our environment, thank you very much. Oh wait. It’ll have to be paper or plastic…. again.
Until a national law is passed that bans bags by charging customers for each plastic or paper bag used, similar to that in some Oregon towns and Washington, DC, the habit can be hard to develop. I lived in DC when the ban was put in place, and it was a rapid shift to life with reusable bags. It quickly become common place to see all walks of life taking on the day with bright green, reusable Giant bags, or an artsy Trader Joe’s bag. In the spirit of National Green Week, the largest waste reduction campaign in history, take a look at the 5 steps outlined in this Eco Child’s Play article to help you remember your reusable bags. It’s all about having them handy!
Take your commitment to waste reduction a step further and let your local government know that you want a ban on bags!