Reusable Bags #bebetter52

Reusable Bags #bebetter52

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“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.

The average American goes through six disposable shopping bags a week. At first blush, that number sounds miniscule. But multiply that by our current U.S. population and the 52 weeks in a year, and the number starts to look scary. According to ReuseThisBag.com, lightweight plastic bags often end up flying away from landfills, only to land in trees and oceans. Approximately 1 million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea creatures die each year after ingesting plastic bags, which block their digestive tracks.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to use reusable bags.  Not just at the grocery story but also when packing a lunch or kids snacks. Notice all the times you grab for a ziplock bags and quickly throw it away after one use.  By using a reusable bag you will help limit plastic bag waste, thereby decreasing the pollution of our planet.

Plastic bags are made from nonrenewable resources like petroleum and natural gas. It takes about 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the U.S. uses every year. Let that number sink in.

You may be telling yourself that using paper bags is better. Unfortunately, it’s not. Millions of trees are cut down every year in America alone to meet the demand for paper shopping bags. Also, paper bags are constructed in a chemical solution at high temperatures, resulting in the release of toxins into the atmosphere.

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!