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December 15, 2011

Green Your Holiday Shopping: Bag the Bag

Reusable bag happiness‘Tis the season for consumption. This week’s tips are about how to be generous while staying green.

Tip #4: Decline the bag. 

At big-box-type stores (think Target, Walmart, Borders), it’s all but automatic for the cashier to throw your plastic-wrapped purchases into a flimsy plastic bag after sliding your credit card and before thrusting your new possessions into your waiting hand. Be alert enough to interject before the bag’s whipped out and, with a wink and a smile, tell the cashier you’d prefer to save the plastic by using your own reusable bag. Then hand over your own reusable bag — you did remember to bring your own reusable bag . . . right?

Tell us: How do you prevent waste while holiday shopping?

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