Benefits of Reusable Grocery Bags
Most people are guilty of having a stash of single-use plastic bags tucked away, thinking they might come in handy someday. Not only do these bags take up essential space in your kitchen cabinets, but are also harmful to our environment and wildlife. With the maximum use of a single-use plastic bag being less than just 15 minutes, it’s high time people’s ideology changed towards using the more environmentally-friendly reusable grocery bags. Here are some benefits of going with a reusable bag:
Save on Natural Resources – Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources (crude oil and natural gases) that leave a large carbon footprint on the environment. The US alone spends around 12 million barrels of crude oil for this purpose.
Save on Money – By opting for reusable grocery bags, you are saving on taxpayers money required to clean up streets, beaches and other green areas of plastic bags. A better option is to drop plastic bags at recycling centers. With most shops charging an extra amount for their plastic bags, you would be saving money by taking your own reusable tote bag with you.
Save on Space – With increasing urbanization and homes getting smaller, why would you waste essential space by storing plastic bags. An average family uses 1500 plastic bags annually – replacing this space with 3-4 easily-foldable reusable grocery bags makes more sense.
Save Wildlife – An estimated 100,000 marine life forms die every year due to plastic pollution; this is aside from the small and large land animals getting affected too. By reducing our dependence on plastic bags, mankind will do a huge favor to wildlife too.
Reduce Pollution – Plastic bags can take anything from 15-1000 years to break down. Till then, they just hang around in the soil, rivers and oceans. Not only are they an eyesore, they actually leach poisonous chemicals into the environment and even getting into man’s food chain.
Durable and Strong – With reusable bags being stronger, you can carry more in them and they last longer too. No more torn handles and grocery spillage! And you can use them for almost any purpose.
By not depending on plastic, you will have peace of mind knowing you are contributing towards saving your environment.