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Apr 12, 2017

Pretty much everybody now agrees that single-use plastic bags are bad for the environment, but there are plenty of mistakes which people make when buying and using reusable ones. Here are our top tips for reusable bag success.

Buy Enough

One mistake which people often make is simply not buying enough bags, then having to grab extra plastic ones when they’re at the till. Of course, each visit to the supermarket will vary, but you should make sure you have a good enough supply to hold everything during the standard weekly shop. Most people find that five to six is a nice number, so that’s a good amount to start with.

Keep Them in the Car

Okay, you’ve picked up some reusable bags, and you’ve got enough of them to cater for your weekly shop. All too often the next step is to put those bags in the cupboard at home, then forget to chuck them in the boot when you head to the supermarket. So, just keep them in your car! People often end up using plenty of plastic bags throughout the year simply due to leaving their reusable ones at home.

Use Separate Bags for Separate Products

Tired of hunting through each bag to find the ice cream before it starts to melt? Using cotton bags makes that problem a thing of the past. There are numerous styles on offer, so try picking different ones for different purposes. Alternatively, just put a mark on the ones which will include frozen food. Of course, this will also mean you need to organise things as they go on the conveyer, but that’s easy enough.

Get the Best

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the reusable bags you choose are perfect for the job. The most important things to look for are durability and recyclability, which is why we consider cotton bags nigh on unbeatable. Cotton takes a lot of weight, and it’s easily recyclable. Too many reusable plastic options tend to split or fray after a few uses, and then need to be sent to landfill anyway.

Now that you know how to effortless switch from single-use plastic bags to strong, eco-friendly cotton bags, you’ll have no trouble making the change.