Many of us are doing our bit to reduce our environmental impact, considering what small lifestyle changes we can implement to make a change. For businesses, small changes can make a huge difference so many have upgraded their daily operations, with switches such as recyclable printed mailing bags and eco-friendly packaging protection going a long way. For consumers, many people are becoming much more eco conscious and favouring brands who display their commitment to the environment, such as sustainable packaging and lower emissions.
Reusable bags have boomed over more recent years, with shoppers getting into the habit of carrying their existing bags around with them instead of buying new ones. The addition of the carrier bag tax was a huge contributor to this, highlighting the amount of waste we produce as a nation and encouraging us to do something about it. As much as we all want to do our bit, the annoyance of knowing where to store your carrier bags and having to untangle them every time you need one can be enough to put you off. We’re here to show you how to easily store your reusable bags to make this a problem of the past.
1. Don’t overdo it
We’re all guilty of it; getting a new carrier bag and just shoving it in with the rest, building up a collection that is bigger than we could ever need. Start by getting all of your reusable bags together in one place, sorting through them to make your collection more manageable. If any are weak or torn, it’s time to dispose of these as they will provide no purpose. Once you’ve filtered through the good ones, keep the ones you are most likely to use and try to keep a reasonably sized collection; any you don’t wish to keep can be given away or donated to your local charity shop.
2. Keep them compact
Spread each bag out on a flat surface, flattening out any creases. Start by tucking the handles inside of the bag as this will keep them out of the way and prevent tangling. Now fold the edges inwards before folding upwards from the bottom, creating a smaller rectangle shape around A6 size. Some people prefer to roll their bags and secure them with an elastic band to keep space down to a minimum so pick the approach that suits you best.
3. Find a designated spot
Where you keep your neatly folder carrier bags is totally up to you, but ensure it is in a place that makes it convenient to grab a couple as you head out of the house. Whether it’s a kitchen drawer, an old gift box or even another carrier bag, keep everything in one central place to avoid unwanted mess. We also recommend keeping a bag or two with you on the go in case you need to pop to the store on the way home, whether this be in your car boot or your handbag.