Say No To Plastic: Get A Reusable Bag
We have been told that reusable bags are environmental-friendly, and that plastic bags are harmful in so many ways. Why is this so?
Bag recycling programs have been introduced nationwide. We have been told that reusable bags are environmental-friendly, and that plastic bags are harmful in so many ways. Why is this so?
Did you know that plastic bags come from oil? Oil is a non-renewable resource. Also, plastic bags are not biodegradable. This means that plastic bags never completely break down. As a consequence, they become permanent polluters of land and water. They also hurt and kill birds, animals, and fish. The natural environment has nothing good to say about the plastic bag.
Reusable shopping bags are coming onto the market as a responsible alternative to this grave plastic bag problem. These are made from various plant fibers, including cotton, hemp, bamboo, and jute.
The fibers used to make cloth bags are grown organically. They are sustainable. This makes the bags environment-friendly and ethical. These bags are also strong, sturdy and long-lasting. After repeated use for years, when they do have to be discarded, they are bio-degradable and safer for the environment.
However, a research in the UK states that canvas bags might actually be worse for the environment than the plastic ones. They found that the Reusable bags, compared to the disposable plastic bags, exhibited the highest and most severe global-warming potential since they require more resources to produce and distribute.
So Are Reusable Bags really better than plastic bags?
The answer depends on how faithfully you reuse them. Reusing a bag more than once, impacts on the production side. Thus making it better for the earth and for you.
It is highly recommended that you consider the material of the bag that you decide to use. There are some bio-degradable materials that are better than others when it comes to bags. The best option is tote bags.
Tote bags are made from minimally processed cloth that is sturdy, organic, and natural. This makes them suitable for repeated use for long periods of time.
The bottom line
Free plastic bags are the cheapest options, but they are extremely harmful in many ways. Cloth bags cost a little more, but they give you returns that are more beneficial in the long run. They last longer and can be used multiple times. Eventually, they make much greater sense.
Still, if you insist on using plastic bags, make sure you reuse them as much as possible before they go into the trash.
In the end, your actions will make the greatest difference — not the bag itself. Choose responsibly. The choices you make affect you and your family.
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