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Why We Should Use Reusable Bags (and How to Actually Do It)

Reusable shopping bags aren’t just a trendy way to carry your shopping as you walk home from the organic farmers’ market sipping your kombucha through a paper straw. There are actually many reasons why using reusable bags is the best way to carry your shopping (and everything else), not the least of which are new laws that mandate it in many areas. 

Single-use plastic bags in large retail stores have been effectively banned in many countries. There are also countries that have implemented mandatory fees for plastic bags in shops and ramped up recycling efforts for single-use plastic products including bags. 

So, why are reusable bags good, and do the benefits of reusable bags really add up? 

Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment 

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The most obvious and urgent answer to the question, ‘Why use reusable bags?’ is to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment. By now we’re all aware that single-use plastics like water bottles and shopping bags are crowding landfills and endangering wildlife. In fact, pleas from do-gooders, tree huggers, and others to reduce our plastic waste have become so ubiquitous that many of us may feel inclined to brush them aside. 

Still, the plain truth is that our use of plastic bags is more than excessive, and is taking a serious toll on the planet. So, rather than preach to you, our dear readers who just want to get to the point and buy some cool stuff, we’re going to hit you with some hard facts about single-use plastic bags. 

5 Facts About Global Plastic Bag Use

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  1. The Center for Biological Diversity reports that harm to at least 267 different species has been attributed to plastic pollution in the oceans. 
  1. Plastic bags alone kill up to 100,000 marine animals every year. One species that is especially hard hit is the leatherback sea turtle, which often confuses plastic bags for the jellyfish they like to eat. One of every three leatherbacks is found with plastic in its stomach, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. 
  1. Residents in the USA, for example, use nearly one single-use plastic bag per person per day. Let’s put that into perspective, thanks to the National Geographic Society: Danish shoppers use only about four plastic bags per year
  1. The Earth Day Network states that only about 1% of the four trillion plastic bags used worldwide annually are recycled. 
  1. A plastic bag takes up to 500 years to degrade in landfill. According to the Earth Day Network, as plastic bags break down, they absorb toxins which can then be released into the wind, water or ground. 

Now that you’re aware of the dramatic impact single-use plastic bags have on our environment, we hope you have a better understanding of the reasons to use reusable bags. It seems like an easy decision to make and an easy practice to adopt, so what’s stopping us? 

Why Don’t More People Use Reusable Bags? 

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With so many benefits to using reusable, eco-friendly bags, it seems like this is a no-brainer. And (theoretically, at least) it is. 

Ironically, the biggest deterrent many people cite that keeps them from fully embracing reusable bags is our brains — we simply forget! We’ve all been there: you carry your shopping home and put it away, then leave your reusable bags in the kitchen. Or if you actually manage to get the reusable bags back into your vehicle, you leave forget them in the boot when you go to the shop. 

Still Struggle to Use Reusable Shopping Bags? 

Here are our best ideas for tricking yourself into making sustainable bags part of your routine: 

  • Make yourself go back for your reusable bags, rather than buying single-use bags at the store when you forget them. 
  • Once your shopping is unpacked, put your reusable bags right by the door so you see them the next time you head out. Or even better — make an extra trip to put them in your car. 

Yes, these extra steps may feel like a hassle at first, but if you do them enough times you’ll never forget your bags again. Plus, it’s a small price to pay for helping to save the lives of millions of animals…and our planet. 

Reusable Shopping Bags for Everyone! 

So, once we all figure out how to remind ourselves to take our reusable shopping bags to the shop with us, the only remaining impediment to using them can only be that we don’t have enough of them. 

Luckily for you, we sell a wide variety of eco-friendly bags, as well as other eco-friendly promotional items. Even better, we customise them to promote your brand or cause at no additional cost. 

Best of all, we offer great prices on reusable shopping bags — so you can afford to do more than your part by handing them out to clients, customers, guests and friends with abandon. Doing so helps spread the word about why we should use reusable shopping bags. 

Check out some of our favourites below, and click on them to get shopping! 

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