Plastic Grocery Bags

AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENEMY

Plastic grocery bags are used constantly and abundantly in America's grocery stores. They are free and convenient. It even takes relatively low energy to produce compared to reusable bags. However, their negative, environmental impact comes from using so many of them, filling up landfills and oceans.

Reuse your bags! Whether that be a reusable cotton bag, paper bag, or even a plastic bag

There are several alternatives to plastic grocery bags. But because of the environmental impact from producing it, a cotton bag would have to be used at least 131 times and a paper bag 3 times to have a smaller environmental impact than plastic bags. If you can't avoid plastic bags, try to reuse them. Plastic bags were not initially invented to be single-use. Besides groceries, you could use them as trash liners, dog waste bags, or storage for dirty laundry when traveling.

Want to know more?

Should you opt for the plastic grocery bag?

Based on

PERSONAL VALUES

NECESSITY

Is reducing plastic waste a priority in your life?

YES

This is a focus

in my life

Avoid this single-use

plastic bags

NO

It's not a focus

in my life

Do you have a reusable bag you can use?

YES

I do own a

reusable bag

Use that instead!

NO

I have no

other options

Are you able to carry your item(s) without a bag

YES

It's not too much

to carry

Don't use the plastic bag if you don't need it

NO

It's quite a

lot of stuff

USE IT

Or don't, it's up to you! Either way, you are now making a mindful and intentional decision

 

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