Reusable Bags

Reusable Bags #bebetter52

“Do you want plastic or paper?” The next time a grocery cashier asks you this question, hopefully after this week’s challenge, you will respond “NO” to either option.  Both plastic and paper bags can have negative, long-lasting effects on our environment.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge: Use reusable bags. You can use a bag to carry groceries, pack a lunch, or even to make a fashion statement. Whatever it may be, using a reusable bag will help limit plastic bag waste, thereby decreasing the pollution of our planet.

According to healthguidance.org,  roughly a trillion plastic bags circulate the world annually. The abundance of plastic bags can cause a severe littering problem and contribute to the pollution of both the land and ocean.

Plastic bags do not biodegrade; instead, they break down into small toxic particles that are often swallowed by animals. The toxic particles can poison the animals or obstruct their digestive systems causing them to starve.

In landfills, plastic bags can sit for years before they break down, and recycling plastic bags can be expensive and cause air pollution. While paper bags breakdown faster and are less toxic to the environment, the number of trees needed to supply paper bags and the air pollution caused by manufacturing them are equally as devastating to the environment.

The best way to decrease plastic and paper bag waste and help our environment is to use reusable cloth bags. By keeping a few cloth bags in your car and carrying them with you to the grocery store, you can decrease the number of plastic and paper bags in circulation. Simply using a cloth bag can help keep nature clean and safe for animals. This week is all about lowering our plastic and paper bag waste and keeping the earth happy.

More info on the negative effects of plastic and paper bags.

Etsy is a great place to find stylish reusable bags!