Reusable Produce Bags
Reusable produce bags are perfect mesh bags for produce shopping at your favorite fruit stand, farmers market or grocery store. The mesh construction lets the produce breathe, preventing premature spoiling. Plus, the produce bags are easy to wash and dry. They fold up compactly so you can keep them available every time you shop. And multiple sizes of produce bags are a helpful way to make sure you're not carrying around more bulk than you need to.
7 reasons to switch to reusable produce bags this year
People in every part of the world use some sort of plastic in everyday life. Research shows that people in the U.S. alone use about 100 billion new plastic bags every year. If this is true of the U.S., it’s difficult to imagine what plastic bag usage could be like in lesser-developed countries.
But plastic, especially in the form of shopping bags, is the most non-degradable item in the world.
We live in a fragile environment where the threat of global warming, rising sea levels and shrinking glaciers is constantly increasing. Even small things like the indiscriminate use of plastic bags are factors in harmful environmental changes.
So, here are seven reasons why you should do your part to help the environment and start regularly using reusable produce bags:
1. The statistics speak for themselves.
Only one percent of plastic bags ever get recycled. The remaining 99 percent either head to landfills or into the sea. Because they are not biodegradable, it could take as long as a thousand years for a plastic bag to break down. Because a reusable bag can be used again and again, it has the lifespan of approximately 700 times that of a plastic bag. The common alternative to the plastic bag, the paper bag, also contributes to environmental harm due to trees being cut down in order to produce them.
2. Reusable produce bags are environmentally conscious.
Recently, a plastic bag was discovered that had traveled through the sea and reached Antarctica. This is proof that plastic cannot decompose even after such a long journey through the sea. In addition, plastic should not be disposed of by burning. Burning plastic releases noxious gases that cause the environment harm. The United Nations states that more than 46,000 pieces of plastic can be found floating in every square mile of the ocean. Lastly, the primary ingredient required for the manufacturing of plastic bags is petroleum and natural gas products which are non-renewable.
3. Simply put, reusable lasts longer.
Reusable bags can be washed; the same cannot be said for plastic or paper bags. It’s estimated that the average reusable bag has a lifespan of about 700 plastic bags put together. In addition, few people realize that it’s extremely costly to recycle plastic bags. The cost of recycling a plastic bag far outweighs the initial cost of production; hence they usually get thrown away.
4. Reusable bags don’t harm wildlife.
Plastic bags get into the stomachs of both land and sea animals. Sea animals like turtles mistake these plastic bags for food and ingest them. It has been estimated that more than 100,000 turtles and innumerable other sea animals and birds die each year on account of ingesting this toxic material.
5. Reusable bags are cheaper.
In the long run, reusable bags easily score over the plastic and paper bags on account of their durability. As pointed out earlier, the lifespan of a reusable bag is much more than that of a plastic bag. Did you know that for each person who converts to reusable bags, the need for plastic bags is reduced by 22,000. Imagine if the entire population went reusable.
6. They’re convenient to use.
Reusable bags are not only easy to roll up and take anywhere, but they’re sturdier too. You can carry more weight in a reusable cloth bag than a plastic bag.
Plus, make money by bringing your own bag. You'll save money at stores like Aldi that otherwise charge for their bags. Other stores may offer discounts to people who bring in their own reusable bags for shopping.
7. It will feel good to make it a habit.
When you make it a habit of refusing to use plastic bags, you’ll feel good about your contribution to helping the environment. Governments also have a great role to play. Ireland is the first country that has imposed a charge at stores when plastic bags are used. This has reduced plastic bag usage by more than 90 percent.
The sooner people convert to reusable bags over plastic and paper, the better. It’s all of our responsibility to make this world a cleaner, healthier place to live.