The pollution environment caused by the usage of plastic is one of the biggest challenges faced by us today. With the increase in global warming and melting of the polar ice caps, it becomes important for all of us to do our own little bit to help save the environment and make the earth more inhabitable for both, ourselves and our future generations. The level of seawater is increasing due to the melting of the polar ice caps which is posing to be a big problem for environmentalists. If something is not done soon enough to help save the planet, it is more than likely that this will cause massive global destruction.
Even small steps mean a great deal into making the world a better place to live in, and we can do so by making our daily habits eco-friendlier and greener. The easiest way to do this is to recycle, reuse and reduce our usage and wastage of plastic consumption. As per the recent research, it has been found that the single most used plastic is that of a produce bag or a grocery bag. So, the best and cheapest way to reduce plastic consumption is by simply using or switching to reusable produce bags for your daily usage that includes grocery shopping and many more. So, let us begin by exploring the types of reusable bags.
There are three kinds of reusable produce bags. They include:
However, even amongst the three different kinds of reusable produce bags, the best option to be eco-friendlier is with the cotton produce bags. Cotton bags not only cause any harm to the planet, but they are also biodegradable and decomposable which means that they will not be stuck inside the soil causing it to harm for generations to come unlike the other two options amongst reusable produce bags.
Cotton produce bags are divided into two kinds of bags, and they are easily accessible and can help save you money in the long run. So, now let us discuss the main types in detail.
You may find nylon and polyster produce bags in the market widely however, the biggest problem we have with them is that they are made of a non-biodegradable material. That means that when you are finally done with using these produce bags or when they tear apart, they are going to once again add to the waste of the world and do more harm than good to the environment as a whole. Nylon and polyester can take as long as a hundred years or even more to decompose and they stay in the soil causing harm to the environment for generations.
In a similar way, plastic produce bags are once again, the worst of the lot. They create a long-lasting and nearly non-reversible negative impact on the environment. These plastics stay in the soil for ages and degrades its fertility and its ability to produce fertile quality fruits and vegetables. These bags although are being used to store fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and many more, should be avoided as much as possible.
Now that we know a bit about the types of produce bags that exist and that cotton produce bags top the chart, let us draw a comparison to get a better understanding between cotton produce bags and other types of bags that exist in the market.
It might be tempting to buy nylon produce bags as they are cheaper, but remember, nylon bags are extremely harmful to the environment because of their non-biodegradable quality and the fact that it will ultimately cause harm to the world and further weaken your cause of going green. Cotton bags, on the other hand, are not only long-lasting but they also do not cause any negative impact on the environment which makes it a far better option all things considered.
Plus, when you compare cotton bags to nylon bags, they can be repaired easily. Not only can cotton produce bags act as carry bags, but they can also be used to store bread or other food items without any issues of ventilation.
Again, plastic bags are dangerous to the environment. They contain certain harmful materials which might turn poisonous if they are constantly recycled. Also, since you cannot be always sure that the plastic produce bags you are using is made from new plastic or recycled plastic, you always run high on chances for your health complications.
Cotton produce bags are the better alternative here as well as they do not cause any harmful reaction to the body and are biodegradable and are hence completely eco-friendly. They are the best bet when it comes to recyclable produce bags and should always be your first choice when it comes to buying these bags.
Paper Produce Bags while may look good, but does not last as long. Moreover, they are completely unfriendly to the environment as paper requires the felling of numerous trees. Therefore, if you are looking for a cleaner, greener and eco-friendlier option, then paper produce bags should not even come into the contention because of these issues. Try to avoid paper produce bags as much as you can.
Cotton Produce Bags, when compared to paper produce bags not only last longer, but they are also a better option when it comes to eco-friendly and a green way of living.
Thus, you can see that compared to all other kinds of reusable produce bags, cotton produce bags are better and a much more concise choice. It not only helps save you money by not letting you have to buy multiple ‘one-time use produce bags’ but they are also completely in with the whole ‘Save the Earth’ campaign which will help you keep the world cleaner for the future generations to come and be a part of.
Now, there are quite a few things one must keep in mind while choosing which kind of reusable produce bags to purchase. Some of the considerations to be kept in mind are as below.
If you have time and the resources then you can also make these bags yourself. It goes without saying that, anything handmade could be way better than buying any plastic or nylon bags from the outside store. Therefore, if you are wondering about how to make your own reusable produce bags at home, you can either quickly search for a lot of ways on the internet, or we have got you covered with the tips and tricks to make one right here!
The only things you will need are a sewing machine, fabric scissors, measuring tape, thread, safety pin, iron (this one is not mandatory) and sewing pins and then follow the below steps:
Once you follow all the steps, you have your own handmade DIY reusable produce bag all ready to use. You will now be ready to save the world against plastic, global warming and climate change in your own little way.
Thus, we can see after discussing and debating about all other kinds of reusable produce bags, that cotton produce bags are obviously the better choice for everything. It makes not only the user happy but it is also making environmentalists around the world happy as it is a little step by men and women, the world over, to do their bit in saving the earth from massive and irreversible destruction. Using cotton reusable produce bags in your daily life can indeed out you to living a zero-waste lifestyle, helping yourself as well as the earth to live a healthier and better life.
Try it out for a few days and we are sure you will notice the difference in the amount of waste you generate on a daily basis. It will also help you consciously to live a healthy and green lifestyle, and would also keep you accountable for the waste that is being generated by you every day.