Poll: Target Reusable Bags

I’m not sure if you’ve seen these around before, but just recently, the second largest retailer in the U.S. began to promote one of their campaigns which has been around for a little while now. As you know, when you go to any normal retail establishment or grocery store, most of the time you will get plastic bags to carry your purchases in. If you’re smart, when you get home, you’ll find other uses for the bags that you get, as I do; I use mine as trash bags since I don’t have a basket in my room, and I hang it on my door handle. Or, another method that I use is I put it in a bag that I already have, which is somewhat the concept of the reusable bags that some retailers use. I always walk around with a messenger bag, because, well, they’re helpful, and carry stuff that I use on a daily basis. And, no, it’s not a purse, but thanks for your concern.

Target has begun to promote their reusable bags with a small incentive for you if you actually bring them in and use them whenever you shop.

Basically, if you purchase one of these 99¢ bags and bring it back to use it every time you come and shop again, you will receive a 5¢ discount on your purchases. Now, of course, yes, 5¢ seems like a ridiculously small amount, and especially on a purchase of $100 or more, it’s even smaller. None the less, this discount, if you continue to use this bag, will pay for the bag itself after enough visits, and since Target provides so many products that so many people use, many people shop there very often.

And according to reusablebags.com, for each reusable bag that you purchase and use, it could eliminate the use of an average of 1,000 plastic bags over the course of it’s lifetime. Another potentially shocking fact is that Target actually purchases 1.8 billion plastic bags a year for use in their 1,743 stores nationwide. Worldwide though, it is estimated that our society uses 500,000,000,000 plastic bags annually. And, yes, that’s 500 BILLION for those of you who failed math.

Knowing these facts, and knowing the incentive that Target is offering, would you purchase, and use, a Target reusable bag? Depending on your answer, why would you, or why would you not? Vote your answer in the poll, and share your opinion in the comments below!

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