We all use reusable bags daily—purses, computer bags, backpacks. But when it comes to shopping bags, we collectively reach for paper and plastic. According to the Worldwatch Institute, nearly 3 billion plastic bags are used each day in China alone—an unfathomable number. And although they are technically reusable and recyclable, only a small percentage of them actually are.
Polyethylene is produced largely from natural gas. Technically plastic bags are reusable and recyclable, but only a small percentage of them actually are. Either way, a plastic bag in a landfill takes about 1,000 years to break down, according to multiple sources. A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report found that over 80 percent of marine litter is plastic--namely plastic bags and plastic bottles.
Not surprisingly, plastic bag taxes and bans are popping up all over the world--Australia,China, India, Ireland, Italy, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania to name a few. Why wait to figure out what rules are going to implemented? You can reduce your personal use of plastic and paper instantly by switching to a reusable shopping bag today.
The trick to reusable bags is remembering to bring them with you. Set yourself up for success by stashing them in car trunks, purses, and jacket pockets.
Canvas versions are best for heavy hauls. For regular errands and groceries, bags made from recycled bottles stand up to most loads. Lightweight totes are perfect for shopping trips to the mall and department stores. Some retailers even offer discounts off your purchase if you BYO.
While there are tons of cute reusable bags on the market, don’t overdo it. Any bag takes energy and resources to make.
BlueAvocado says that their four piece insulated kit can hold a total of 70 pounds--the equivalent of ten plastic bags per use. Perfect for travel, workout, and shopping.
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