The problem is remembering them. At my house they are usually sitting in the garage right outside of the backdoor. They are there because I have actually used them, unloaded groceries and then set them there. It is when I am standing in the checkout line at the store and remember that they are all still sitting next to the backdoor in the garage that I really get frustrated. Not only am I not helping the environment when I forget them, I am adding to the pile of plastic I need to remember to take back to the store to recycle and I am missing out on the .5 cents (some stores give .10 cents) per bag that my grocery store gives me when I use my own. The thing is .5 or .10 cents would never normally move me to do much, but I do love knowing that the store is paying ME to use my own bag.
So how to remember my bags EVERY time I head to the store. Here are a few ways others try to remember their bags.
- Keep the bags in your car. (Note: this is my favorite method but I think I will need to put a note on my dashboard to grab the bags as I go into the store.)
- Keep the bags on a hook near your door.
- Keep a note on your door to "Remember your bags"
- Purchase a bag that is small enough to hook on your keychain.
- Purchase bags that can be rolled up and carried in your purse.
- Use a large bag that is fashionable to carry everywhere.
- If you forget your bags, make yourself purchase another one instead of using disposable. (This might work, there is a consequence. If I am motived by the .5 or .10 cent rebate, I should be discouraged by having to pay .99 cents for a new bag.)
And last but not least, check out this YouTube video by a British comedian, Tim Minchin about 'taking your canvas bags.' Maybe you can get the catchy tune stuck in your head as a reminder.
Please feel free to share any other methods that work for you!
Good luck and happy shopping,