Bring Your Own Bag
For the week only use your own reusable bags.
More About The Challenge
Single use carrier bags contribute to the plastic waste issues we face by a significant amount, but can also be fixed with just a simple change.
Continuously using reusable bags solves this issue. For this challenge it's up to you to always have your reusable bags handy and turn down any offers of single use carrier bags.
Many countries are starting to adopt a charge for single use bags in large supermarkets, so you could also be saving yourself a pretty penny over time.
Reusing The Reusable
Reusable plastic bags are made to be more durable than their single use counterparts. This means theres's more plastic that goes into making the bags. For these bags to be effective it's important that you actually reuse them, otherwise you may end up doing more harm than good.
You can also totally remove the plastic element from reusable bags by opting for more eco friendly cotton tote bags. These tend to be a little more expensive but also much more resillient when it comes to carrying your milk and eggs.
There will come a time when your plastic bag starts to get holes and become no longer useable. When this happens, most kerbside recycling services don't collect these bags, but many larger supermarkets have specific recycling points that do.
Extra Tips & Tricks
If you drive to the shops leave a few spare bags in the boot. It really sucks getting to the shops and realising you left them at home.
In some cases supermarkets may offer to replace old reusable bags with new ones, making the initial cost go even further.
Keep a reusable bag in your handbag or backpack for when you pop into a shop on the go.
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