In the US alone 100 billion single-use plastic bags are used each year! That's a lot of plastic bags headed for the landfill every year. But there is one really simple and easy way for us to reduce this waste which is bringing reusable bags to the store! Of course this is going to be the most eco-friendly option, but did you also know that you can get rewarded for doing it? Here's a list of stores that will pay you either with cash or rewards when you bring your own reusable bag!
When you bring your own bags to Target they take $0.05 off your total for every bag brought. While that doesn't seem like much it can definitely add up when you're bringing a bunch of bags to buy groceries! And right now (at least at my local Target), they're giving out free reusable Target tote bags while you check out.
2. Plato's Closet:
Just recently when I was at Plato's Closet they now give you 1 rewards point on top of what you've earned with your purchase when you bring your own bag. Not to mention some Plato's Closet locations don't even have bags anymore and you have to bring your own!
3. MOM's Organic:
I know that MOM's isn't a national chain just yet but for anyone with a location nearby they take $0.10 off your order for each bag you bring to their store.
Like Target, Sprouts will also credit you $0.05 per reusable bag that you bring when you shop with them.
5. Whole Foods:
Whole Foods' discount can vary by location but can be up to $0.10 off for bringing a reusable bag with you to shop.
While these discounts may be small they can add up over time of doing this, and with more and more states charging you money to take a plastic bag the savings could be even more for bringing your own bags!
This list is not exhaustive by any means but these are just the stores that I know and frequent. What stores in your area offer incentives for bringing a reusable bag? Also when you're shopping locally just ask! Our local used bookstore offers 10% off your purchase when you bring their reusable tote to the store (The Book Corner, for anyone in the Philly area wondering).
Join me as I document my journey to becoming zero-waste through this blog as a resource to others.