Remember TIPS

Ways to help you remember to bring your reusable…


  • Hang bags on your doorknob
  • Stick a reminder note on the door
  • Keep bags in the car, in the trunk or backseat; remember that your unloading chore is not complete until the bags are back in the car
  • Put a decal or static cling reminder on your car window to help you remember your bags
  • Assign bag duty to your child as your family’s “official bag monitor and shopping assistant” with the task of reminding you to bring your bags into the store, and when you shop at stores that reward you for bringing your own bags, pass the incentive on to your child
  • Keep a spare one folded up in your purse, briefcase, backpack or glove compartment – one bag is better than none!
  • Add “Bags” as the first item on your shopping list
  • Remember, you don’t need a special bag. Repurpose a beach tote, backpack or duffle bag.

 Mugs and water bottles

  • Use a carabiner or key chain to attach water bottles to other things you’ll remember, like a purse or lunch bag
  • When you wash your mug or bottle each night, put it back with your keys, wallet, glasses, etc. – things you’ll take with you when you leave home each day
  • Keep a spare in your purse, gym bag, diaper bag or backpack
  • Keep a spare in your car, office or locker
  • Stick a reminder note on the door

Do you have a trick to remember your bags, mug or bottle? Email us your tip and help others to protect your Central Coast!

Everyday ways to reduce waste:

  • Use durable coffee mugs and drink cups.
  • Use cloth napkins and cleaning towels.
  • Donate unwanted items with life remaining that could be used by others (or sell it).
  • Hold a garage sale or yard sale. Get your whole block to participate.
  • Reuse boxes.
  • Turn empty jars into containers for leftover food.
  • Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
  • Participate in a paint collection and reuse program.
  • Recycle.
  • Compost.
  • Use cloth diapers instead of disposables.
  • When you’re doing a remodeling or new construction job, separate and recycle materials.
  • Salvage and reuse building materials.
  • Buy products made from recycled materials.
  • Rather than buying new, spruce up old furnishings to give them a new look or purpose.