Did you know that about one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That's nearly 2 million every minute. Single use plastic bags are notoriously bad for the environment. They start to pollute with their creation and keep polluting until the end, taking between 20 to 500 years to biodegrade. This means that these plastic bags tend to add up very quickly and also tend to end up blowing away and collecting in our land and our waterways. In addition very few locations are set up to recycle this type of single-use plastic bags.
Taking these environmental costs into account more and more communities have some type of bag tax where for each single-use bag that is used there is a tax of between 5 and 10 cents. This is one way to help consumers be more aware of the environmental costs of single use plastic bags. Often until the environmental costs of a product are represented by a tax or other fee it is all too easy to forget about the long term costs..
If you are working to reduce the amount of plastic in your life one place to start is these single-use plastic bags. The good news is if you are seeking alternatives to use when you are shopping, there are now a wide range of types of reusable grocery bags for you to choose from. You can have the same convenience no matter what groceries you are buying without the long term environmental damage.
Reusable grocery bags
When you think about reusable bags, reusable grocery bags are probably what comes to mind. These bags typically are large and take the place of using plastic or paper bags as you are checking out and paying for your groceries. This is also the type of bag that some stores remind you to bring with signs and other materials since until you have gotten into a good habit it can be easy to forget your bags at home. Reusable grocery bags are the type of bag you might choose if you are looking for something that will be able to carry your whole shopping trip.
These reusable grocery bags are extra durable and can hold up to fifty pounds while still being capable of being neatly folded into your pocket. These bags can help carry all your favorite fruit, veggies, and produce with peace of mind knowing you're helping to eliminate harmful plastic waste. In addition while these are called grocery bags they can be used in a variety of contexts. Anywhere you would use a single-use plastic bag to carry something home, you can use a reusable grocery bag instead.
Cotton produce bags
Even for those of us who have already gotten into the habit of using reusable grocery bags in most areas in our lives we might find we still reach for single-use plastic bags when it comes to our produce. Most grocery stores have rolls of very thin plastic bags stationed all around the produce department because they know that most people don’t want their produce rolling around in their carts and possibly getting damaged.
This is why cotton produce bags which are made from 100% organic cotton can be so useful. Instead of being used once and then cluttering up our environment for up to 500 years like single use plastic bags, cotton produce bags can be used again and again and then once they are worn they biodegrade. Cotton produce bags allow you to keep even your most delicate fruits and veggies safe in your cart and on your way home without leaving an environmentally costly trail of plastic behind you.
Reusable produce bags
Mesh produce bags are great because you can easily see what is inside and they allow for air circulation. You can store veggies such as potatoes or onions by hanging them up in your pantry in these reusable produce bags and therefore keeping your veggies fresher for a longer period of time. These mesh bags are a great way to reduce the condensation that occurs inside plastic bags which is just asking for your produce to spoil quicker.
Mesh produce bags made from organic cotton make it easy to fit all of your fruits and veggies for any size family. Such produce bags are super durable, machine washable and most importantly biodegradable. In addition each produce bag has an easy and handy drawstring to ensure your food stays put. This can be especially useful if you are buying items that tend to want to roll away, or that are more delicate. Seek Bamboo offers a variety of zero-waste kitchen products to help remove plastic from grocery shopping all the way to your home