International Plastic Bag Free Day: 4 Tips To Help You Shop Responsibly

Going grocery shopping today? Don’t forget to take a cloth or paper bag with you because it is International Plastic Bag Free Day.

It’s a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags and promotes environmental conservation by encouraging people to reject plastic bags. The event also raises awareness of the damage that plastic bags do to nature, animals, and marine life.

On this important day, we are calling on all shoppers to play their part in creating a greener, safer world by switching to environmentally-friendly reusable or eco-bags.

While many shoppers have already made the change, some still struggle to put their sustainable shopping bags to good, eco-conscious use; often forgetting them at home when shopping.

With this in mind, we have put together a short list of helpful tips and tricks, offering some friendly advice on how to make the most of your reusable bags and ensure that you remember to take them whenever you decide to take a trip to the grocery store.

Out of sight, out of mind

First and foremost, it is important to keep these bags in sight, storing them somewhere conspicuous so they stay right before your eyes when you are about to go shopping. You might, for instance, try hanging them on your kitchen or, better yet, front door.

On the go

These bags are made to be taken with you. Wherever you go, they go. Why not stash one in your car, or keep one at work. Should you ever need to make a quick trip to the grocery store, you will always have one handy.

Money well spent

Should you forget to take a reusable bag with you to the store, resist the temptation to use a single-use plastic bag. While it might be easier to simply fall back on the option of a free plastic bag, remember: the money spent on an eco-friendly or reusable bag will go a long way to making your community a lot more sustainable.

And if the thought of buying additional reusable bags seems a little indulgent, you could gift it to a friend or family member and help spread the word of sustainable living.

Note to self

Adding a note — a quick reminder — at the end of your shopping list to grab your reusable bag before you head out the door and make your way to your local supermarket works wonders for many. Why not do the same? Assigning a family member to look after your reusable bags can also be very helpful, making these eco bags part of your family shopping routine.


These tips and tricks are provided by Carrefour Pakistan. 

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