Teach your customers about the importance of waste prevention. Effective tools for getting the message across include: promotional campaigns; brochures and newsletters (remember to use recycled paper); banners; newspaper ads; product displays and store signs.
Encourage customers to bring their own bag(s) and compliment them when they do.
Offer customers a rebate when they reuse grocery bags, containers, mugs and cups.
Offer customers waste prevention choices such as:
Items in bulk or concentrate.
Items in refillable bottles.
Solar-powered items, such as calculators and flashlights.
Durable and repairable merchandise.
Encourage customers to return reusable items (e.g., metal hangers to dry cleaners).