ATTENTION, SHOPPERS: Plastic and paper bags are out. Reusable bags are the new go-to, and here’s why.
1. Most recycling facilities refuse to take plastic bags.
2. Rough estimate, but the people in the US use about 100 billion plastic bags each year.
To put that in perspective, that many bags could circle the Earth 1,330 times. That’s a lot of plastic. That also means that the average American uses between 350 and 500 bags each year - more than one a day.
3. Plastic bags are made from nonrenewable resources.
4. Sea animals are mistaking floating bags for jellyfish and other tasty treats.
5. Plastic bags have been found polluting places where humans don’t even live.
It was reported that plastic bags have been found as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as the Falkland Islands. Humans don’t even live there, just cute polar bears and penguins, and we all know they aren’t using those plastic bags.
6. Paper bags aren’t any better… Only 20% of those are actually being recycled.
Despite the fact that recycling facilities don’t refuse these, and they are 100% recyclable, the majority of them are still ending up in the landfill.
7. It takes 13% more energy to make one paper bag than to make two plastic ones.
8. Reusable bags last a really long time.
10. Reusable bags make grocery shopping a little bit more fun!
They come in a variety of colors and patterns, meaning you’ll want to hit the grocery store just to show off your new bags!
Exciting news is that we just introduced reusable tote bags! They’re 100% organic cotton, so they’re durable and ethically sourced. Plus, you know they look awesome. Check ‘em out!