It seems like more and more grocers are adding self-checkout lanes to speed up lines at stores. With more people beginning to pack their own bags, I wanted to take a moment and highlight how consumers can bag their items safely and responsibly.

Do you consider yourself someone who bags his or her items safely? Before you answer, think about these questions:

  • Have you ever used a plastic bag to carry one item?
  • Have you ever overstuffed a bag with large and heavy items to limit the number of bags used?
  • Do you think about how you place items in plastic bags?

Feel free to step into Bagging-101 if you answered “yes” to any of these questions. Let’s start with a couple tips:

Only take a plastic bag if you need one. As I wrote in an older post, many times our purchases do not require a bag. If a bag is not needed, then simply carry the purchased products out by hand.

Packing a plastic bag is a strategic process. Hilex has a helpful page on its website outlining the appropriate way to pack plastic bags. While plastic bags are quite durable, packing them properly can benefit you by making it easier for you to carry your products and reduce the number of bags needed.

Remember to take some stored plastic bags with you if you’re planning to go to a grocery store. Once you’re there, you can reuse your bags as needed, or you can drop off your bags so that they recycled. Hilex has more than 32,000 collection bins in 45 states through our Bag-2-Bag Recycling program, making it easy and more convenient to recycle your plastic bags.