|CVS Green Bag Tag and CVS 100% Organic Cotton Tote Bag|
Retailers like Winn-Dixie, Publix, and CVS pharmacy are offering reusable bags for sale. It is an effort to save the planet and help the environment, by reducing the use of plastic and paper bags. The disposable bags end up in landfills or polluting the earth most of the time. The plastic bag that someone cavalierly discards on the street may end up washing ashore in Tahiti.
I never really gave much thought to purchasing reusable bags for shopping. One day, I was shopping at CVS pharmacy and the display with CVS Green Bag Tags and CVS reusable shopping bags just jumped out at me. Some of the CVS reusable bags have very simple designs and others have more fashionable patterns on them. The most important feature of the bags are that they are reusable and made from 100% organic cotton.
I read the product information on the tote prior to purchasing it. The tag says “Conventional cotton uses more toxic insecticides and synthetic fertilizers than any other single major crop in the world. These chemicals are harmful to both animals and people, and have a hazardous impact on the environment. Organic cotton has less impact on the environment than conventional cotton. It is grown without toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, it replenishes and maintains soil fertility and it helps build a biologically diverse agriculture.” I am not exactly a fanatic, “tree hugger” type, but still, this sounds like music to my ears.
The reusable bag that I purchased cost $5.99, plus tax. It is a large tote of 13.5” L x 15” H x 6” W and has a weight capacity of 25 pounds. Of course, I purchased the leaf shaped, CVS Green Bag Tag for $.99, along with the tote and put the tag on the tote. The CVS Green Bag Tag has a barcode on it to be scanned every time you use it at CVS stores.
Not only can you help the environment through this program, you can also earn incentives. CVS customers receive $1 in Extrabucks every 4th visit to CVS. If you plan to purchase the Green Bag Tag, make sure that you have the cashier scan your CVS ExtraCare card and your Green Bag Tag every time you check out. The Extrabuck will print at the bottom of your receipt, once you have earned the reward. You don’t have to buy a CVS tote to benefit from the program, though. You can bring in your own reusable bags as well.
It says that there is a limit of one Green bag tag use/scan per day per household. I find this to be not really correct, because I have made several visits to CVS stores in one day. Each time I made a visit, I had the cashier scan my Green Bag Tag, and received credit toward my Extrabucks reward.
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