Have you ever seen a sign in a grocery store parking lot that says “Don’t forget your bags!”? We want to give a little shout out to the brains behind that helpful reminder, because, yep, there have been times the bags were forgotten, and that sign helped them be retrieved. Reminders can help make for healthier habits. So with a nod of thanks to the “Don’t forget your bags!” sign-maker who helped us make remembering our bags a habit, we thought we’d remind and/or show you how to make a sustainable kit for out and about, and not just for getting groceries.
Chances are, if you’re already practicing the reusable bag habit, you likely have a favorite reusable water bottle, and probably a go-to travel mug for coffee and tea, and maybe they’re completely covered in stickers like ours are.
Over 50% of the plastic that’s produced is for single-use purposes. So if you’re ready to level up beyond reusable bags and beverage containers, here’s an example of how to build a sustainable kit for the car (or backpack) that you can create using items you probably already have:
Use what you have! That’s what makes this fun. It’s YOUR personal, sustainable, out-and-about essentials kit. Maybe your cloth napkin is your old Green Day t-shirt. That’s cool. Maybe your utensils are the camping sporks that your ex left behind and the to-go container is the empty butter tub that Mom uses when she delivers you soup. Put it all together inside a conveniently-sized, washable bag, like the drawstring bag you got when you ordered your favorite stretchy pants, maybe.
That’s it! Put that kit in your car where it’s within easy reach, or in your backpack if you’re on foot, biking, or zipping around town on your rollerblades. You’ll be prepped and good to go with exactly the essentials you need for living more sustainably day to day, and out and about.