Use reusable bags for one week

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Length: 7 days.
Associated with: Conservation and Efficiency
Giving out plastic bags at stores has become the default in our society, but it's very wasteful. It's almost zero effort to keep reusable bags on hand to bring along while shopping.

Plastic bags cause such a waste problem in some cities that they've been banned. Normal plastic bags take an estimated 1,000 years to dissolve.

Tips for completing

  • If you drive most places, keep the bags in your car.
  • Build the habit of hanging the bags on the doorknob after unloading the contents inside, so they can't be forgotten the next time you leave.
  • Have at least one or two more reusable bags than the most you think you will ever use at one time. There will always be a time when the last used bags are forgotten, or some get dirty, so having extras means they are always available.


The estimated impact each time this challenge is completed: 1 kg / 2 lbs CO2 reduced and saving up to $0!
All completions of this challenge have reduced approximately 1.74 tons CO2 and saved up to $0!

Administrative Details

Current members: 381
Created: 2007-11-18 03:11:25
Administrators: NeilT
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