Do you need a reuseable bag Reward Jar?

You know the Swear Jar, wherein you deposit a fine every time you curse?

Maybe we need the opposite… a 3Rs (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle) Reward Jar…

SLRD Zero Waste shared an interesting article on Friday.

Do you treat yourself when you’re environmentally conscious and bring your reusable bag? At an average of 26 cents per trip for an “indulgence”, we seem to treat ourselves to a little extra when we remember our reusable bag.


The big takeaway from recent research: Bringing a bag to the supermarket increases purchases of both organic and indulgent (re: junk) foods.

One possible explanation for the trend is that bringing a bag “primes” shoppers to buy organic foods because the bag makes them feel virtuous. Then they reward themselves with something indulgent, called “licensing.” But unlike the organic purchases, which are made as a swap for the conventional version, the indulgences are made as additional purchases.
So, instead, try this! Every time you remember to take your reusable bags to the grocery store (instead of leaving them in the drawer in the kitchen, and then needing 12 plastic bags, again), drop a quarter into a jar.

Then, you can tally up the total and go splurge at the ReUse it Centre.

Better yet, task your kids with policing it, and let them have the extra coinage. Guaranteed you’ll break the plastic bag habit within weeks.

I’m going to try it. And when you see me grabbing my latte at Mt Currie Coffee Co as a treat, you’ll know why.

3 thoughts on “Do you need a reuseable bag Reward Jar?

  1. Sarafina says:


    I’ve found a great way to avoid using a bunch of plastic bags at the grocery store: if I have a full cart of groceries, I ask the folks at check out for a large banana/orange produce box!

    One box fits almost a full cart of groceries, I am reusing their boxes which would just be flattened and recycled, it’s much easier to carry the one box to the car (as long as you have the strength) and then I use that box to hold my paper recyclables. Easy peasy! Now most of the ladies at Pemberton Valley Grocery recognize me and call for a box as soon as I get there!

    When I travelled in Australia, I noticed that they kept the empty boxes at the front so that people could help themselves and I took this idea home; it’d be great if our grocery stores did the same thing, but asking is quick too.

    Sent from my iPhone


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