From The Recycle Bin: Stores that Pay You to Bring Your Bags!

From the TGS Recycle Bin – With updates to the original post published last year.

Tis the season – the shopping and entertaining season which will begin in full swing in the coming weeks.  So beyond those repeated environmental reasons to bring your bags to the grocery store or anywhere you shop, many retailers are now giving a small, but encouraging incentive for bringing your own bags. So whether you are baking, buying or both, keep these stores in mind:

EarthFare –  Offers a Choose or Reuse Program. Each time a shopper reuses a grocery bag, the company donates $.05 to a local organization dedicated to eliminating childhood obesity in their community.  If you forget your bags, be prepared to make the donation yourself.

Whole Foods – Eliminated plastic bags altogether in April, 2008.  For shoppers who bring in their reusable bags, the grocery store will offer a $.05 – .10 credit (depending on the store) at checkout.

Lowes Foods: As part of their Fresh Rewards program, Lowes offers a $.05 Fresh Rewards credit for each reusable bag used during a shopping trip.

Target – Last November Target began offering a $.05 credit off your total purchase per reusable bag you bring and use at checkout.  Even with 12 months under their belt, you may want to double check with the clerk to make sure they remember to give you the credit.  And you don’t have to use a Target bag – they will accept any bag.

CVS – Offering a similar program but requires the purchase of a $.99 “Green Bag” tag that can be attached to any reusable bag. When the tag is scanned at checkout, CVS will give participating CVS customers $1 cash bonuses on their CVS cards every four times they buy something and don’t request plastic bags.

Toys & Company – A local merchant in my neck of the woods with locations in Greensboro, Charlotte and Myrtle Beach, has always offered a great reusable bag to take home your toy and gift purchases.  Now they will give an additional 10% off future purchases when you bring the Toys & Co  bag back to the store to use again when shopping.

I know for some of us remembering to bring the bags in the first place is often the issue.  So refresh yourself with these 7 Steps to Becoming P&P Free. And if you are so inclined, make your own tote from an old t-shirt with these easy instructions.

And don’t forget to ask your local merchants if they have any incentive in place.

I’d like to put a running list together of all stores who are doing something to encourage this habit.  What other stores offer a similar program in your area? Also, did I miss a big one?  Let me know.

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