As part of her clutter clearing and organizing business, Angeleno Heights resident Beth Zeigler has come across plenty of unused reusable bags stuffed into her clients’ cabinets and closets. “We all have them – so many of them,” Zeigler said. “They just build up, clogging drawers, cabinets and the other nooks and crannies where we shove them.” But tossing away those bags would defeat their purpose of replacing single-use plastic bags. So, Zeigler has come up with the idea of how to put those unwanted bags into the hands of people who can use them. She has set up collection boxes at businesses across Echo Park and Silver Lake and will redistribute the donated reusable bags on November 12 at the Vons in Echo Park and the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake along with tip sheets on how to make sure the bags get used.
Zeigler shared a few tips on how to keep those reusable bags out of the closet:
- Try and stick to your new bag number limit. For instance, the next time someone offers you a reusable bag at an event–just say no. And follow the one in, one out rule. If you find yourself admiring a reusable bag and want to purchase it, then you’ll have to make a decision and donate one from your current collection.
- Next you’ll have to decide where to store the bags so you’ll actually remember to use them. We like the Chico Bag because it folds up to fit in your purse (and they have a carabiner to attach to your keychain). Another option is storing the bags close to your shopping list, that way, when you’re jotting down what you need from the store, you’ll remember to bring your reusable bag.
- Keep a few in the car and, if you need prompting, put a sticky note on the dash board that says, “Take reusable bags into store.” Hooks in the entryway are a great place to keep and display your reusable bags. Remember, once you’ve unpacked your groceries, return the bags to their home, whether it be the entryway, the front door knob or the car.
Zeigler has already collected about 1,000 bags buts wants to gather 1,000 more. Click here for locations.