After years of using plastic bags, transitioning away from the habit could take a while. However with some work, new and more sustainable habits can be easily formed.
The first step will be stocking up on reusable bags if you don’t already have a supply of them. For ten dollars or less you can get enough bags for all of your shopping needs. Almost all of the stores being affected by the ordinance have reusable bags available for purchase, but you can also get a bag or two from the City’s Share-a-Bag bins.
Even after you have reusable bags, it can be hard to remember to bring them to the store with you. Here are some tips for remembering to bring your own bag:
- Keep reusable bags in the trunk of your car so they’re always there when you go grocery shopping
- Make a note on your grocery list reminding you to bring your bags
- Hang bags on your doorknob or a hook by the door so you see them when you leave
- After you unload your groceries, put them back in your car or by your door right away so they’re waiting for you the next time you have to go out
If you’re going to the store to pick up only a few items or are getting something small, opt for no bag. Things like milk can be carried out on their own. If you’re buying gum or other small items, use a purse or backpack rather than getting a separate bag.
If you’ve got tips be sure to share them on Twitter with us @GreenEvanston and use the hashtag #ThinkOutsidetheBag.
For more information on the plastic disposable shopping bag ordinance going into effect on August 1st, 2015 and the City’s Think Outside the Bag program please visit: cityofevanston.org/bags.