3 - 2008

Why to reuse a bag

This year, I’ve acquired a couple of 1 Bag at a Time reusable bags at Vitamin Cottage (once when I needed an extra, once when I forgot my bags and invested 99 cents in a new one rather than taking a disposable).

These bags come with a tag listing some reasons to reuse a bag:

  1. The petroleum in 14 plastic bags could drive a car 1 mile. (And think about it: My grocery store posts guidelines of 5 items per bag for its baggers. 14 bags sack just 70 items — one or two shopping trips for most of us.)
  2. Americans use over 14 billion plastic bags annually.
  3. It takes 70% more global warming gases to make a paper bag than a plastic bag.
  4. Paper bags do not biodegrade in landfills. (This site explains the reason like this: “Although paper can be biodegradable, typical landfills lack the water, light, and oxygen required for the degradation process.”)
  5. Cities spend up to 17 cents per bag on disposal costs.

Do you want all that on your conscience?

Re-using a bag is an easy change. In fact, it saves work because you won’t have to dispose of those mounds of plastic bags (but if you do, recycle them!). Reusable bags are easier to carry and won’t break and spill your groceries all over the parking lot.

Learn more about 1 Bag at a Time, their bags and their info at their Web site here.

Image and list of facts courtesy 1 Bag at a Time.

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