So, you have made the switch to reusable bags, but need some pointers on making them last? Make the most out of your reusable bags by doing small things that make a big difference. The whole point of reusable bags is reducing waste. Drive that point home by using your bags to their fullest potential and also by extending their usage time.
Only buy as many reusable bags as you need to. When you buy your reusable bags, don’t buy 20 bags if you never buy enough items at once to fit inside them. If you want to take advantage of a sale on them, give the excess ones to a friend or even better, to a homeless shelter. If you buy bags you don’t need, then you are still wasting resources and defeating the purpose.
Give reusable bags to everyone you know. One example of this is Right Bag at Ya! They’re on a mission to get everyone using reusable bags with a generous and simple concept. They want people to purchase or make gift bags for family and friends that need to learn more about reusable bags. On their facebook page, in the photo section, you can find gift tags to print for the bags. Those tags explain how important it is to do away with plastic bags – and let the bag recipients know that their gift comes with a mission to keep spreading the knowledge.
Use worn ones for craft projects. Have you used your reusable bags so much that you can’t possibly use them anymore? Think again. Cut them up and use the scraps as filler for cloth craft iems. Make cloth dolls from them. My family once made our Easter baskets from them. Click here for instructions on that. There are all sorts of things you can make with your used and worn reusable grocery bags.
Don’t over-pack the bags. When purchasing your groceries and other items, don’t overstuff the bags. You can make full use of the space, but think about weight limits and distribute items more evenly. This helps to avoid putting too much weight on the straps or other areas. Your bags will last longer if you think about the weight you are putting inside them.
Use reusable bags for all shopping – not just groceries. Sure, many people remember to take reusable bags when getting groceries. But what about other shopping trips? Use those bags when shopping for clothing, household items, baby items, pet items, and so much more. Eliminate plastic from your life altogether by getting the most out of your reusable bags.