If you are still using plastic bags when grocery shopping, it’s time to start thinking about joining the movement: start using reusable shopping bags.
Plastic grocery bags have been useful to carry items from a store to our homes for many years but we should not ignore the impact these single-use little monsters have in our environment.
Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of, and due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose in landfills. Additionally, large buildups of plastic bags can cause other problems such as clogging drainage systems, contributing to flooding, and when carried long distances by ocean currents, plastic bags can strangle marine animals. Some stores have banned plastic bags but the majority of retailers continue to use this single-use item.
Of course plastic bags can be reused and people have found several alternative uses for this modern day problem. Lighter weight plastic bags are often reused as trash bags or to pick up pet feces. Plus, modern plastic shopping bags are increasingly using recyclable or biodegradable materials which is a step in the right direction.
However, an even better, more eco-friendly idea is to shop a reusable bag. Available in many different shapes, materials, and colors, these heavy-duty shopping bags have nearly no impact on our environment and are actually a much easier way to carry your grocery items home. These bags hardly ever break and can better protect fragile items such as glass jars, eggs, or fruits.
What are we waiting for? Don’t wait any longer. Get your reusable shopping bags and start helping our planet Earth right now.
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