In today’s world, everyone knows that it’s important to be kind to the environment in every way possible. Our planet is not in the best shape, and it needs our help to improve.
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to help make the earth a healthier place. Many of these things are simple but highly effective like choosing to use reusable shopping bags instead of the plastic or paper grocery bags offered by most grocery stores.
When you make this simple choice, you can have a big, positive impact on planet earth.
Keep Landfills from Filling Up
Many people who don’t use reusable bags don’t just because they are unaware of how much harm a plastic bag can do…or of how long it will stick around.
Did you know that the average plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose? That’s 1000 years of sitting in a landfill, and our landfills are already filling up more rapidly than we can handle.
And, while paper bags don’t take quite as long to decompose, they still take longer than is ideal. If you can keep the landfills less full by using canvas shopping bags, why not do it?
Enjoy a Bag that Will Last for Years
Another good reason to use reusable grocery bags is because…well…there’s really no reason NOT to. If you can do something that benefits the environment and isn’t a sacrifice to you in any way, you absolutely should. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
And, speaking of “gaining,” reusable grocery bags actually are quite beneficial to you in many ways. To start with, they’re cheap. Most basic bags cost a dollar or less, and they can be reused indefinitely. Many can even be washed repeatedly without problems.
So, you spend a dollar or less or get a bag for free (many stores offer free bags), and you get years of use out of it. When you consider that many stores are now charging a bag fee and/or offer a discount for shoppers who bring in their own bags, it’s easy to see that using reusable grocery bags is actually a win-win situation for you.
Help Reduce Our Nation’s Oil Consumption
When you think of oil, plastic bags probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, there is a connection between the two.
To understand the connection, it is first important to understand just how many plastic bags Americans go through each year. It’s estimated that the number sits at 100 billion.
And, whether you realize it or not, oil is involved in the production of these bags- about 12 million barrels of it each year.
That’s a lot of oil- a whole lot more than we should be consuming of this non-renewable resource. You can play a role in reducing our oil consumption, though, by choosing to use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic bags.
Help Protect the Planet’s Animals
It’s not just people who are negatively affected by plastic bags and America’s overuse of them.
Did you know, for example, that millions of animals are killed due to ingesting plastic bags or parts of them each year? Even when bags are disposed of properly, parts and pieces make their way to the habitats of animals and cause them serious distress or even death.
If you love marine wildlife, birds, and other of nature’s creatures, don’t contribute to their demise by using plastic bags. Instead, make a difference, a little bit at a time, by choosing reusable bags over plastic.
Carry Your Groceries More Easily
As mentioned earlier, using reusable bags costs you nothing and can even benefit you in some ways.
If you need another reason to love reusable grocery bags, consider the fact that they can carry a lot more weight than your basic plastic bag. This means that, instead of lugging around several plastic bags, you can just carry one canvas tote.
Also, you don’t have to worry about canvas totes getting stretched or ripped the way plastic bags do. So, you’ll never have to deal with having your groceries fall all over the ground.
As you can see, there are many great benefits that go along with using reusable grocery bags. This choice benefits you, it benefits the planet, and it helps the animals. Best of all, there is no real sacrifice in it for you, just reward. So, with all of that said, if you are not already using reusable grocery bags, now is the time to get started.