Of course you’re aware that single-use plastic bags are both bad for the environment. As a matter of fact, single-use paper bags are bad too. Everyone knows it — even if you recycle them, they’re still bad. As obvious as it is, so many people are unwilling to change their habits because single-use bags are so convenient and reusable cloth bags are annoying. That’s especially true for many people during the pandemic since they don’t want to have even more things to wash each time they go grocery shopping.
Even if you feel this way, I have a new option for you that’s much easier than using your own cloth bags that you have to remember to bring with you and then clean when you’re done. As a matter of fact, you might find it to be even easier than bagging your groceries with the single-use paper or plastic bags you’ve been using for your entire life. Imagine that! A recent video on TikTok that went viral might have the perfect solution for transporting your groceries back from the store, and it’ll only cost you $18 at Amazon to pull it off.
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You know the question you’re famously asked at the grocery store: Paper or plastic? Well, in New Jersey, which is where I live, the answer will soon be “neither.” That’s because an order was signed by the governor late last year that not only bans single-use plastic bags, but also single-use paper bags. You read that correctly… no single-use bags in NJ!
The new law banning single-use bags is currently slated to take effect in May 2022, but there’s always a chance that the coronavirus pandemic may push things back a bit further. Regardless of when it happens though, it is going to happen. Shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bags to stores, or they’ll likely have to purchase new reusable bags at the store if they forget to bring their own (get ready for some serious bag-rage, fellow NJers). Similar laws are also popping up in other states too, and there are already plenty of people who have decided to ditch single-use bags because of their impact on the environment. If you want to do your part but you can’t stand grocery shopping with an armful of reusable cloth bags, a new viral video that has been blowing up on TikTok might have the perfect solution for you.
So, what’s this crazy grocery shopping hack that has everyone going nuts? It really couldn’t be any simpler. You don’t use paper bags, you don’t use plastic bags, and you don’t use cloth bags either. How are you supposed to bag all your groceries without paper bags, plastic bags, or reusable cloth bags? It’s quite simple, actually: You don’t.
Instead of bagging everything you buy, simply place it all right back into your shopping cart as the checkout person scans each item and passes it along. That’s right, load up your cart again without using any bags! Not only do you help the environment by avoiding single-use paper or plastic bags, but you also save time by not bagging. This is a particularly timely added benefit in light of the coronavirus pandemic since you’re spending less time in the store.
I know what you’re wondering… how the heck are you supposed to transport your groceries home and get them into your house or apartment if you don’t bag them?! That’s where TikToker @1980sgamer’s little trick comes in. Here’s the video:
@1980sgamerThis is the best grocery shopping hack yet! It just keeps getting better. #aldishopping #bagless #laundrybasket #plasticbags♬ original sound – 1980s Gamer
Amazing! It’s so smart and simple that it should be obvious, but I never even considered the idea and I doubt you have either. You spend less time in the store, you don’t hurt the environment with single-use bags, and you’ll probably even end up making fewer trips between your car and your home when it comes time to unload your groceries.
If you don’t want to use your current laundry basket for this, I definitely don’t blame you. In fact, there’s no way I would do that either because it’s going to get filthy. Instead, there are a couple of great options at Amazon for low-cost laundry baskets. My two favorites are Rubbermaid Through-Handle Laundry Baskets and Rubbermaid Hip Hug Laundry Baskets, and they’re both around the same price right now at Amazon.
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