This green tip is probably the most well known, but I’ve decided to post about it anyway as I sometimes still need reminding myself. Plastics! They are terrible for our environment, yet so many stores still give plastic bags out like they’re candy. It’s our job as the consumer to tackle this problem head on, & it’s way simpler than I used to think!
Carry with you a reusable bag (which some stores are coincidentally also giving out like candy!) & make it a habit to put the bag on the conveyor belt/counter even before you put up your goods. This makes it easy! You don’t even have to be the awkward person that says, “Oh, actually, I don’t need a bag!” after the cashier has already packed it all away for you. And, a lot of grocery stores will give you a discount for each reusable bag that you bring with you!
Then, when you inevitably leave your reusable bags in the trunk of your car (this happens to me often), if you really can’t stuff all of your purchases in your purse/pockets, ask the cashier if they have a paper bag that they could offer you instead of plastic. Every little bit helps!