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Reusable Grocery Bag Etiquette

reusableWe all know why to use reusable grocery bags over plastic and paper single use bags. But, we also need to remember that this shift in buyer behaviors is also forcing a shift in the way our cashiers and baggers do their job. Here are a few common-courtesy ideas for when you hand over your cool, printed reusable bags to the bagger (and don’t forget to wash your bags before you get that far):

  • Empty your reusable shopping bags completely
  • Wash your reusable bags regularly. Not sure how? Here’s a guide to cleaning reusable bags
  • Place your reusable grocery bags at the front of the conveyer belt so the cashier knows you have them
  • Separate your reusable shopping bags so the cashier can easily grab each one as needed. Also, specify which bags are meant for what products (meat, dairy, etc)
  • Open folding reusable bags while you are waiting in line
  • Show respect to your cashier by saying please and thank-you, helping to bag, and ending your cell phone call
  • When putting groceries on the conveyor, group heavy/bulky things together to be packed into the bottoms of your reusable grocery bags. The lighter items can go on top until each reusable bag is full.

2 thoughts on “Reusable Grocery Bag Etiquette

  1. I like the article’s suggestion to wash your reusable grocery bag often. Does the material the bag is made out of determine how you go about washing it? I’m curious to know since my wife and I have made it a goal to reduce the amount of plastic bags we use by switching to some sort of grocery tote when grocery shopping.

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