Reduce, reuse and recycle as they say (in that order). The three Rs should be on your mind whenever you need to purchase something. Reducing the amount of goods you buy and use prevents waste from being generated in the first place. Reusing waste means finding a way to get the most use out of an item, even if you no longer want or need it, or after its original use has been fulfilled. Although recycling is extremely important, it’s better to reuse something as much as possible before sending it for recycling. Effective waste management and reusing items as long as we possibly can has many financial and environmental benefits.
Reusable shopping bags and paper bags are becoming increasingly popular for customers and stores around the country, replacing plastic bags. Many retailers recognize that reducing the use of plastic shopping bags will reduce litter as well as packaging costs so they are offering discounts if you bring your own shopping bags.