So instead of creating a demand for something that will only be used once or twice and will have a negative impact to our environment, I want to challenge you to create a demand for something that can be used multiple times. Reusable bags are the most obvious and accessible replacement for plastic and paper bags. They can be used multiple times and can carry more items per bag than any plastic or paper bag. And if the items are heavy, there is no need to double bag it, like in the case of plastic and paper bags.
The best choice is to replace both plastic and paper bags with cloth reusable bags.
- They tend to last longer
- They can be easily washed by just throwing them in the washing machine with other clothes
- If they are made of 100% organic cotton they can even be disposed of in the compost bin after many grocery trips
But like I said I want to challenge you to think outside the box, or better yet, outside the bag. Use as a reusable bag something you already have. A backpack, a hamper liner, or no bag at all. There have been times when I forget the reusable bags in the car. I just load all the groceries back into the shopping cart, and pack them in one or two reusable bags once I get back to my car.
You can even use the promotional reusable bags they give away in the conferences, it is not 100% organic cotton, but it is still a better impact on the planet, and less plastic bags going to the landfill.
With all this said, leaving 2 to 3 reusable bags in the car, to have them available when doing groceries can be a small step in a better direction.
In order to void using single-use plastic bags I have used:
- Cloth reusable bags
- Conference tote bags
- Cardboard boxes
- No container at all
What other alternative to single-use plastic bags could you use?
Today’s Featured Photographer: Mel Poole