Get Some Reusable Bags!

Take one simple step to reduce plastic waste...

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Students learn about the benefits of reusable bags at RPCC on March 5th, 2012
Students learn about the benefits of reusable bags at RPCC on March 5th, 2012

Think about the most annoying chore there is. Ready? Ok.

I bet that you were most likely thinking of carrying groceries from the car to the kitchen. Not only do you have to make several trips to and from the car, but your fingers sting, you have to unpack every single bag, open those tight knots, find a way to dispose of all them properly, etc. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, every time you go to the grocery store and get plastic bags, you are hurting the environment while putting an unnecessary burden on yourself. This problem goes beyond your regular grocery shopping. Simply take a look at that cabinet where you hide every single bag you bring home with you and you’ll notice that the wasteful consumption adds up. It’s everywhere.

Luckily for us, the Cornell Society for Natural Resources Conservation (SNRC), has a solution. Use reusable bags!

I know it sounds simple, but I did it with my grocery shopping last week and it worked marvelously. To begin, each bag typically has comfortable handles to carry a lot of weight comfortably. More so, each bag is able to carry what several plastic bags are able to hold. They are also made of very strong and durable materials to hold whatever you decide to put inside (they’re reusable remember?). Personally, I found that my roommate and I only needed four bags for two weeks worth of groceries. Using reusable bags was so surprisingly simple that I almost wanted to do it again given that I have gone for so long in the dark with plastic bags.

SNRC gave some of them out for free on March 5th in RPCC. If you didn’t get a hold of them, don’t worry. They’re cheap (and you will be doing something good for yourself and the environment)!

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