How many of those fabulous eco-friendly, logo-branded reusable bags do you have? You can see how many I have in the photo above and that doesn’t even count the ones in my car or hidden away in the closet.
Re-usable bags are a great idea gone sorta wrong.
I remember when Trader Joe’s began rewarding customers who re-used their paper shopping bags by entering them into drawings where they could win groceries. That was a great idea. Whole Foods donates money to charity when customers bring their own bag or offers a bag credit.
Today, every grocery store in America, most major retailers and any company who feels like it sells or gives away “reusable” bags with their logos on them.
From a corporate point of view, re-usable bags with logos on them are relatively cheap advertising. Not only is your name getting out there, but people will get warm fuzzies about your brand because they associate you with sustainability.
I have never used more than 3 or 4 at one time.
Does anyone else feel like these bags are problem? Have you gone to the store, realized you forgot your re-usable bag and purchased another one? Better yet, have you purchased a re-usable bag because you have to have the new design? I am guilty on both accounts. A friend from Japan says that people will pay big bucks for the latest Trader Joe’s bag. Huh?
If we really want to help the environment, we might want to hold back on buying or accepting re-usable bags. Why don’t we take those handy dandy Trader Joe’s bags to the mall when we shop? You may not look cool when you schlep your Whole Foods bag into Bloomingdales, but you will actually be helping the environment. Oh dear, now I am going to have to walk the walk!
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