Reusable Shopping Bags – What You Must Know Before Buying Them

We’ve all seen the news and social media posts illustrating the state of our environment, which is a result of poor human choices and the overuse of plastic, amongst many other factors.

Efforts have been made for several years to reverse the damage - from bottle recycling depots, to blue, green and compost carts, to using reusable grocery tote bag. If every human made a conscious effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, our world would be a much better place.

At Organic Cotton Mart, we make it easier to for you to reduce your plastic usage. We sell 100 per cent organic cotton washable and eco-friendly shopping bags.

Many companies and supermarket chains are making the bold move to ban plastic bags altogether. This encourages people to bring their own reusable shopping bags to pack their groceries.

Making the decision to be more environmentally-conscious is a great decision, but it involves understanding the importance of reducing plastic use and the impact of plastic on our eco-systems and the world.

What is Plastic?

Plastic comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means that it can be shaped or molded. Although plastics are useful and handy for human-use, the additives in many plastic products are toxic and may leach into the environment. Examples of toxic additives to plastics include phthalates. Plastic bags do not decompose easily or quickly and impact our environment and ecosystems. A plastic bag can take years to break down – anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years! One third of the plastic produced is used to make packaging and another third is used for siding and piping. That’s a lot of plastic! By using reusable shopping bags, you can help to reduce plastic use and help the environment!

Plastic Is Damaging our Environment and Eco-System

The United Nations reports that the plastic comprises approximately 60 to 80 per cent of marine litter. And although this statistic may vary from region-to-region, marine plastic pollution is found in all the world’s oceans, with the highest concentration showing in coastal areas and reef environments. Marine litter sadly originates back to land-based sources. The shocking amount of marine plastic pollution affects more than 800 marine ocean species via ingestion, entanglement, and habitat change.

Why Use Reusable Shopping Bags?

It’s simple. By making the decision to switch from plastic to reusable shopping bags, you are making the decision to help our degrading environment and make life better for future generations. Although many supermarkets and stores are opting to eliminate plastic bags altogether, others are charging a fee for bags. The fee ranges from five cents a bag up to 15 cents a bag. Investing in Organic Cotton Mart’s reusable shopping bags will not only help save our environment, but it will also save you money! Another reason to make the switch is that plastic bags utilize lots of oil and natural gas, which are not recyclable. Using reusable shopping bags saves on these non-renewable resources and protects the environment. And last but not least, help free up space in our landfills by not using plastic bags!

The Organic Cotton Mart Difference

There are many reusable shopping bags on the market today. At Organic Cotton Mart, we produce only 100 percent certified organic products so you can feel assured that you’re investing in a quality product, which helps reduce plastic use. We also sell reusable produce bags, lunch bags and baby muslin swaddle blankets! Reduce your use of plastic and buy our organic, reusable, washable and eco-friendly produce bags.

Author: Karen Lamar

Karen is the Chief Content Officer at Organic Cotton Mart. She has a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from NC State with a special focus in Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy. Since her High School days, she has been an Environmentalist and was the President of her High School's Environmental Club for 3 years before starting her freshman year at NC State. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of various environment-friendly movements like zero waste, minimalistic living, recycling, and upcycling.

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