We know you want to be a successful reuser. To banish single use plastics from your everyday, to tick off those eating, drinking, shopping and functioning daily rituals without needlessly using up new materials, the world’s resources or having a negative impact on the environment. Just... that.
But, let’s be honest, there are some days you’re lucky to get yourself out the door in a presentable state thanks to a morning sabotaged by endless possibilities (dog, kids, partner, dying dishwasher) . Your everyday essential reusables? Yep they’re still sitting in the dishwasher/on the floor/in your work bag from yesterday.
Remembering reusables is challenge number one in establishing successful reusing habits. Whether your everyday essential reusable kit consists of just one thing - your reusable shopping bag (of course!), or many, creating a system to help you remember them is going to give you an eco spring in your step and sustainable smile on your face. Here’s how:
Clip your reusable shopping bags to your keys
Without your keys, you’re not getting in. For most, keys are a life must-have that you aim to remember every time you leave the house. Pair your reusable shopping bags to them with a Clip-Me key ring and you’re winning. Unless you’re a keypad entry, facial recognition or fingerprint entry kind of human - try suggestion number two.
Leave them at your front door
Ok, it’s a habit. It’s new, and it’s going to take time to get used to - but it's a good change. Find a place next to your front door. If there’s a hook, hang your reusable shopping bags there. A table where you leave glasses or sunglasses? Add your bags.
Keep them in your car
If you drive to the shops, your glove compartment is never too far away. Keep a collection stashed there for everyday emergencies. This step significantly reduces the instances of swearing in supermarkets too, promise. And after the walk back to the car to grab them, you won’t forget next time.
Set a phone reminder
If you set an alarm each morning - add a reminder for five minutes before your leave the house: Remember reusable shopping bag, keep cup and water bottle. Set and forget. Be reminded, you’re reusing.
Hook the bags to your pram
Clip me keyring, pram and stroller. Three things that need to be companions. Clip your reusable shopping bag bundle to your pram, use, empty and return. Reusing success.
Add them to the top of your shopping list
Reusable shopping bags. Before bread, eggs, salted caramel chocolate. Another way to train your brain.
Remember. It’s important
The conversations about changing mindsets, behaviours, expectations and buying habits is the fuel driving the circular economy movement. It’s not a question of if we can change the way we live, we have to. By 2030. That’s the date the world's leading climate scientists have warned global warming has to be kept to 1.5C by. It’s the tipping point. Half a degree more? We’re at risk of significantly worse droughts, floods, and extreme heat. Food production, thanks to extreme weather will be problematic to say the least . Meanwhile the ocean could be warmer, contain less oxygen, and be more acidic - all of which could prove dire for coral. Reusing means less use of resources, less production, less emissions, and lessening of this grim scenario.
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For more information about 2030, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org