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7 Local Businesses That Will Pay You to Use Reusable Shopping Bags

reusable-grocery-bagsAre you one of the few people who haven’t yet switched from using plastic bags to reusable shopping bags? Maybe you live in a city or town that hasn’t yet outlawed plastic bags (If so, it’s probably coming soon as more and more cities enact the laws), or maybe you just don’t feel that making the switch will contribute that much to the environment and its health. If that sounds like you, we have some news: you can actually be paid for using shopping bags that aren’t made of plastic.

Yes, you heard us correctly. And just to prove our point, we’ve decided to list seven stores that are likely in your local community that will deduct money from your shopping bill for every bag you use.


If you have a Sprouts in your local area, you’ll receive $.05 for every reusable shopping bag you use to load your groceries. And if you forget yours, they also sell shopping bags with the Sprouts logo on it.

Whole Foods

Another grocery store that offers a $.05 reward for every bag you use is Whole Foods. The store policy claims that it offers “at least” a $.05 discount, so you may be offered more.

Trader Joe’s

This up and coming grocery store offers two types of incentives, depending on the store. Some Trader Joe’s stores give $.05 per reusable bag that you bring, while other stores give you an entry into a weekly raffle that awards the winner a $25 Trader Joe’s gift card.

Lowe’s Foods

You can get a $.05 discount for every reusable shopping bag you bring to this store, but keep in mind that they limit the discounts to a total of 20 bags.

Reasor’s Foods

This chain offers a slightly bigger discount of $.06 per reusable grocery bag, and they don’t put a limit on how many you can use.


This chain, which also includes King Soopers, Fry’s, Tom Thumb, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and QRC, offers a few different programs, depending on which store you shop at. You could receive a $.04 discount per bag, 5 fuel points for every bag, or a free bag of your own on certain in-store celebrations.


Finally, it’s not only grocery stores that offer discounts for using reusable shopping bags. You’ll receive a $.05 discount for every bag you use when making purchases in Target stores.

As you can see, using reusable shopping bags will not only help the environment by reducing the amount of plastic waste, but it could also put money in your pocket. So the next time you decide to shop local, be sure to take along a good supply of reusable bags. And if you haven’t yet made the switch, what are you waiting for?

Why Buying Local and Reusable Shopping Bags Go Together

Shopping-Bags-Strawberry-ready-optimized-720x600The “buy local” movement has been spreading across the nation like wildfire for the past couple of years as consumers turn away from the big box stores and giant corporations and look instead to the local mom and pop stores that are a part of the community. And while this has been a huge boon to local economies, we believe those in the movement can go a just a little father in their efforts. We’re talking about doing good for the local economy AND the environment.

Why the Buy Local Movement is Growing

The landscape is changing in how consumers buy their products. In the past, they blindly relied on large corporations to tell them what was best for them, or which products they should trust. But today’s consumers have a distrust of large corporations and instead want to rely on their own research. This is especially true in the food and restaurant industries, but it expands to every area of their lives.

That’s where local business comes in. Today’s consumers trust smaller, local companies to adhere to their values when it comes to manufacturing and sourcing products. Local businesses across the nation have seen profits rise as consumers, who have always given their money to big business, have begun to shop locally. And many of those consumers are finding those stores on local business directories like ours.

Let’s Take it One Step Further

Many proponents of the buy local movement also quote the environment as yet another reason to shop locally. When you buy online, the footprint increases expodentially because you’ve got to consider packing materials and shipping, where a local consumer can simply walk out of the store with the purchase.

But if that consumer walks out with a plastic bag, all their good intentions go down the drain. Here’s a brief explanation of why:

  • Plastic bags are quickly polluting our environment. Recent studies show that there is currently a floating mass of plastics in our ocean the size of Texas.
  • Plastic bags don’t get recycled. It’s time consuming and cost prohibitive to recycle plastic bags, so they end up sitting in landfills across the nation.
  • Plastic bags take forever to decompose. About a thousand years—that’s the estimate from experts.

The Answer is Reusable Shopping Bags

If you’re going to go to the trouble of shopping locally, you may as well do all the good you can at once. Reusable shopping bags are easy to use, cost effective for the local stores, and won’t end up in landfills for a thousand years after you use them.

And you won’t have to settle for the old school reusable grocery bags that are emblazoned with tacky brand names. Today, you can find reusable shopping bags that are fashionable and fun. For instance, LA Pop produces a set of colorful shopping bags that are shaped like fruits and vegetables—perfect for that trip to the local store or farmer’s market.

If you’re in the buy local movement, consider upping your game by using shopping bags that won’t harm the environment. And be sure to spread the word—as you know, a movement begins with just one person.