Trips to Zehrs, Metro, or No Frills often entail the use of plastic grocery bags provided by the store with a charge of $0.05 a bag at some locations. What can be disturbing about such bags is how they can contribute as extra litter around campus and even create more wastefulness per consumer. As students of the University of Guelph, one of the greenest universities across Ontario, we can do our part in limiting the use of plastic grocery bags and maximizing them as the same time.
For example, the next time you want to make your way down to a grocery store to purchase your fav frozen pizza or a late midnight snack, bring some grocery bags of your own from the last time you got groceries. You’ll reduce the amount of grocery bags that end up at landfills as waste and help save yourself 5 cents depending on the grocery store.
Even bringing in canvas bags that are handed out to each new student in their residence rooms at the beginning of the school year can be used to help carry back those groceries. Bookstore bags and Hospitality canvas bags are a common trend on campus to be carrying groceries in as well.
So whether it’s your turn to get the groceries for your house or you’re desperately running out of milk, trips to the grocery store can be environmentally friendly with the reuse of plastic grocery bags or those spiffy UoG Guelph tote bags.
Big Idea: Don’t get new grocery bags when you’re in line to pay, reuse old ones or bring bags that you would use again from home (ex. backpack, purse, tote bags).
By: Rakshika Rajakaruna