The New Year is upon us and like all those years before it is time to establish some New Year resolutions. One resolution that is not only easy to stick with but also “green” in nature is to ban plastic bags from your life and embrace the reusable grocery bag movement.
Plastic sacks are consuming the world’s landfills at an alarming rate. Made of polyethylene (a petroleum product), plastic bags contribute to energy consumption and air pollution. Factor that little fact with the 100 billion bags consumers in America throw away each year and the results are devastating.
Each year, more than 1 billion seabirds succumb to injuries sustained from ingesting plastic sacks. In addition, more than 100,000marine mammals accidentally consume plastic bags each year resulting in their death. To make matters worse, of the billions of bags used each year, just 1 percent are actually recycled.
The good news is that with a little effort on the consumer’s part, we can cut down plastic bag consumption significantly by using reusable green bags instead. Most bags range between $1 and $5 a piece. Entire reusable shopping bag systems can be purchased for $35 to $65.
Recycle bags are not only easy to incorporate into your shopping routine, but they are also helpful for everyday tasks. For example, if you keep a bag tucked into your purse, you can pull it out for odd jobs such as cleaning out the random items that migrate into your car (hats, blankets, coats, etc.). Mesh recycle bags can be used for stowing away stinky gym clothes. The mesh material allows wet clothing to air out instead of nurturing mildew on clothes.
Many reusable bags are also washable. You need only throw them in the wash and let them air dry for a clean, fresh bag.
This year, resolve to be eco-friendly, buy a set of reusable bags today and do your part to save the environment.