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November 12, 2019 2 min read

By using reusable grocery bags we can assist the world environment by reducing the need for another disposable bag. Reusable grocery bags can be used time and time again, therefore reducing the need for the extra bag. These bags are part of the answer to slowing the current consumption of throwaway bags that people pick up and dispose of daily. Natural resources such as oil are used to create plastic bags; whereas reusable bags require a low emission of carbon dioxide to produce.

By using reusable grocery bags, sustainable and environmentally conscious actions are easily incorporated into everyday life. The change to reusable bags can be part of creating a new lifestyle trend. Bringing a shopping bag to carry purchased goods contributes to the saving of natural resources and the reduction of Carbon Dioxide emissions. At the same time, public awareness of environmental concerns is increased. Individuals need to start setting examples for others to follow.

Almost all plastic bags end up polluting the environment, whether they are thrown in the rubbish, or used for bin liners and ending up in a landfill. Environmental watch groups, local and central government, and concerned consumers are united in recognizing we must reduce this waste. Some supermarkets have started charging for plastic bags, another incentive to bring your own bag.

Although it can be hard to remember your reusable bags, by making a conscious effort to use your own bags it will become a habit. Reusable grocery bags will make it easier to rethink your choices in caring for planet Earth. The overuse of plastic bags is an unnecessary waste of precious resources. The resources that go into making plastic bags could be put to much better use.

Plastic bag recycling rates are very low and they can only be reused a small number of times before breaking or going to landfill as a bin liner. The majority of plastic bags used to end up in a landfill. This huge waste is a social problem. The only way we will make progress with the big environmental issues, such as climate change, is by changing our daily behavior. Taking your own bag to the shops is about showing you care about your home and your people, and encouraging other people to care too. If people are successful in making one small change to lessen their impact on the environment, they will be more motivated to make bigger changes. 

The environment pays the true cost of our reliance on plastic bags. Most go to landfills but some end up in waterways and as litter. We use them for such a short time, usually only minutes, but they can take over one hundred years to break down. One of the reasons plastic bags are such a big problem is because they are given away. Giving away plastic bags for free makes people behave irrationally because they take plastic bags they do not really need or want. When things are free people tend to overuse them.

Lisa Ortiz
Lisa Ortiz



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