For the past several years I have made a conscious decision to make SMALL changes to reduce plastic bags. After seeing the Google images of the floating “plastic” island, I made a conscious decision to reduce the number of plastic bags I use at the checkout.
How to Reduce Plastic Bags
The decision to reduce the number of plastic bags at checkout became a game against myself. Yes, I am that competitive I have to compete against myself with the number of bags I use at the grocery store. What started as a game is now the goal with every grocery trip: to reduce the use of plastic bags. Here is the visual of my car after a recent trip to Target:
When I check out at the grocery store I tell the checker not to bag large items, liquids or anything already wrapped. Usually, I pull the the obvious items, like paper towels and tissues, to the side as they move down the conveyor belt.
But overtime, I began to pull more items to the side. My thought is if it’s bagged or boxed I can toss it in my car.
do the math
I make a few extra trips, but most days I welcome the extra steps. Think about it; if a plastic bag holds two bags of potato chips- I can grab those with one arm. Are you up for the challenge?