You’re shopping secondhand, selling on Poshmark, and asking brands who made there clothes. What’s next? The answer is hiding in your pantry or maybe even your trunk. Using reusable shopping bags is the one way to instantly make your shopping more sustainable. It’s really that simple. So many people are taking their reusable bags to the grocery store or the farmer’s market. Yet no one is doing the same at the thrift shop. I’m here to ask why.
Seriously though, why is no one doing this? It’s completely normal to put your freshly purchased food in a reusable bag, but there aren’t that many people taking them shopping with them. According to Earth Policy, “a trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year, nearly 2 million each minute.” Yes, you read that right. A lot of those bags come from grocery stores, but a whole lot of them also come from in-store shopping.
B.Y.O.B. — bring your own bags to the grocery store and the farmer’s market. But also bring them to your next shopping spree.
I have made it a point to start bringing my reusable bags everywhere with me. Now, I’m not saying that I remember my reusable bag every time that I go to the thrift shop, but, when I do, I feel so awkward using it. People working at the store are honestly confused when I let them know that I brought my own bag. Heck, my own mom looked at me like I was crazy when she saw me walk through the double, automatic doors.
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
I am baffled that reusable bags are the norm at every single grocery store ever, but not at the mall or thrift shop or outlet store. Of course, I’m not the first person to bring a reusable bag with me. But when I’m in line at the grocery store, I see at least five people stocking their reusable bags. When I’m at the thrift shop, I see no one. I can’t remember ever seeing one at the mall, either.
It’s time to change the norm around reusable bags.
Let’s use them for everything — not just food.
Okay, so I’m getting a little bit passionate about reusable bags, but that’s because I am. Bringing a bag with you saves energy, waste, and wildlife. That’s well worth a few awkward stares, if you ask me.