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With more than 1 million plastic bags ending up in the trash every minute, taking reusable bags to the store is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint — but the hardest part about using them is simply remembering to take them with you.

If you have a back pile of plastic shopping bags, either from the grocery store or the mall – don’t just trash them. Just reuse them.


It seems like more and more supermarkets have discontinued plastic bags, switched to paper-only shopping bags, and has set up discount incentives for customers to bring their own reusable bag. That’s because we’re finally discovering the inconvenient truth about plastic bags: They’re rarely recycled. They’re made from petroleum oil. And they’re an enormous harm to our environment.