If you haven’t yet ditched plastic bags, here are five reasons, that’ll hopefully get you to bring them with you on your next grocery trip!

  1. Save the animals and the environment. 🐦🌎🐢

Have you ever thought about how long it takes for a plastic bag to decompose? Depending on the environment, it can take 1,000 years or more for a bag to breakdown! Every year, Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste. It’s been estimated that one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals worldwide are injured or die when they mistake plastic for food or become entangled. By using your own bags means that less plastic bags will end up in a landfill and there will be less harm to wildlife

  1. Save your money! 💸💰

Some grocery stores offer a discount when you bring a reusable bag. When at the check out, ask your cashier if the store offers bag discounts. It’s typically five cents per bag, but - that adds up! Every little bit helps when you’re on a budget!

  1. Engage in activism. 🔊

Your voice matters. By purchasing a tote bag with a message, you can easily become a walking billboard for a good cause. You can also search up brands who make custom reusable grocery bags in wide variety of styles and prints. Don’t want to buy reusable bags? Get creative! There are cool ways to make grocery shopping less routine and a bit more fun!

  1. Say no to more clutter. 🛒💪

You don’t realize just how many bags have piled underneath the sink until they’ve taken over. Create more space and storage areas by decluttering your cupboards.

When switching to reusable bags, check to see if your plastic bags are recyclable! You never know what they can be repurposed into. ♻️

  1. Create an efficient grocery trip. 🏋️‍♂️

Cloth bags are far more likely to be sturdier and less likely to collapse on you from the grocery store to your home. Having a full bag cave in on you at the parking lot is NOT fun!

There are countless other reasons why we should all say NO to plastic bags, like their release of toxic particles, the use of energy etc. We hope these 5 reasons will be a good start to take action, even starting small will make a great impact!