Reusable Bags Are Best for Both Consumers and the Environment

by Michal on May 12, 2009

Envirosax Mikado Reusable Shopping Bags

There are many reason why we should use reusable shopping bags instead of the plastic or paper ones offered by the grocery store. Reusable bags help save trees, water, and gas and oil. It also helps illuminate air pollution, helps our oceans, and helps save our sea creatures.

The Envirosax Mikado Reusable Shopping Bags are printed with a beautiful floral Asian design. These eco-friendly reusable bags are lightweight, portable and waterproof. They are sold in packs of five and each has a 44lb. weight capacity. The bags are hand washable and cost about $40 for the set of five. Below is a list of facts about plastic bags and will show you why we should all invest in reusable shopping bags.

Facts About Plastic Bags

  • Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.Billions end up as litter each year.
  • According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)
  • Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.
  • As part of Clean Up Australia Day, in one day nearly 500,000 plastic bags were collected.
  • Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.
  • Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.
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