Don’t Forget Your Reusable Bag! 4 Tips to Help You Shop Responsibly

For Carrefour, one of the largest hypermarkets and supermarket chains in the world, represented in Georgia by Majid Al Futtaim and operating in the country since 2012, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship are among the main priorities.

A name with great sense of social responsibility, Carrefour proactively supports the communities it serves. Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship remain one of the most important parts of its activities, mostly in terms of taking care of the environment and helping socially vulnerable people.

Being very active in terms of CSR, the Carrefour Georgia team decided to start an environmental campaign titled ‘Honor the Nature,’ which aims to educate its customers on the harm caused by plastic bags and the advantages of using Carrefour reusable bags. Since that campaign was launched, sales of Carrefour reusable bags has increased by 120%.

Carrefour Georgia launched the second wave of its environmental campaign in March 2019. Special decorations with the new campaign messages were placed in all its stores and Carrefour no longer uses plastic bags at their cash counters, having various choices of reusable bag, and selling compostable bags. In addition, the company offers paper bags for free in all sections.

It’s their important achievement that since the launch of the campaign, consumption of single use bags has reduced by 70%.

On International Plastic Bag Free Day (IPBFD), an annual global initiative that aims to eliminate the consumption of single-use plastic bags, Carrefour is calling on all shoppers to play their part in creating a greener, safer world by switching to environmentally-friendly reusable or eco bags.

While many shoppers have already made the change, some still struggle to put their sustainable shopping bags to good, eco-conscious use; often forgetting them at home when shopping.

With this in mind, Carrefour has put together a short list of helpful tips and tricks, offering some friendly advice on how to make the most of your reusable bags and ensure that you keep them at the front of your mind whenever you decide to take a trip to the grocery store.

Out of sight, out of mind

First and foremost, it is important to keep these bags in sight, storing them somewhere conspicuous so you see them before you head out to shop. You might, for instance, try hanging them in your kitchen or, better yet, on or near your front door.

On the go

These bags are made to be taken with you. Wherever you go, they go. Why not stash one in your car, or keep one at work? Should you ever need to make a quick trip to the grocery store, you’ll always have one handy.

Money well spent

Should you forget to take a reusable bag with you to the store, resist the temptation to use a single-use plastic bag. While it might be easier to simply fall back on the option of a free plastic bag, remember: the money spent on an eco- or reusable bag will go a long way to making your community a lot more sustainable. And if the thought of buying additional reusable bags seems a little indulgent, you could gift it to a friend or family member and help spread the word of sustainable living.

Note to self

Adding a note, a quick reminder, at the end of your shopping list to grab your reusable bag before you head out the door to your local supermarket works wonders for many. Why not do the same? Assigning a family member to look after your reusable bags can also be very helpful, making these eco bags part of your family shopping routine.

02 July 2020 18:52