The Benefits of Reusable Plastic Bags

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Reusable polypropylene shopping bags have already established themselves in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Their popularity has steadily increased over the past few years and more people are switching to them. The only problem with these products is that they have caused quite a stir among environmental groups and most municipalities are trying to ban them.

If you were to carry around one or two of these reusable bags in your street you would see all kinds of people taking them. They have become so common that you walk down the street and see children playing with them, and the shopkeepers don’t even mind them. It is like they are the new trend in town. But these products are not the best way to go when it comes to tackling our problems with environmental pollution. Let’s take a closer look at these reusable plastic bags and see why they are not the answer we have been looking for.

Reusable Plastic Bags

Reusable polypropylene shopping bags made from natural materials like jute, cotton, and hemp will not harm the environment in any way. They are made from natural products, and the recycling for them is extremely high. If you do the math, you will find that recycling for one jute bag can account for the manufacturing of over 5000 plastic bags. So this is just a small number, but you get the idea. Reusable plastic bags from any other source are much higher in volume and far more damaging to the environment than jute.

Secondly, they are heavier, on average, than their paper counterparts. This is because the paper is made from natural products like wood pulp and cotton. Jute and other biodegradation-based materials like coconut husk, banana peels, and alfalfa are completely biodegradable, as are many types of plastics. This means that if you compost all your groceries, even ones that have gone through the bin already, you will make more bags from the material than you would use paper. The heavier the materials used to manufacture these paper products, the more bugs there will be to go around.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, these bags are 100% bio-degradable. This means that they will sit on the earth, decaying and breaking down into smaller pieces. This is completely natural. In fact, this cycle is what causes the breakdown of dead plants and animals on a large scale – they do not stay put because they are not used or simply break down without being eaten. Reusable bags sit on the earth, breaking down into smaller pieces, and eventually accumulating to form a large number of solid waste particles which can pollute lakes, rivers, and the ocean.

A Much Ado 

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With all of these benefits, you might think that it is impossible to make any money from disposing of single-use plastics. However, there are companies that have developed new technologies to reprocess these plastics into a form that is both useful and profitable. These industries recycle plastics produced in countries like the United States, Canada, and South Africa, and are currently harvesting and recycling plastics from every corner of the planet.

Reusable bags are produced and shipped to companies in China and other countries that reprocess them, and then ship them all over the world. At the headquarters of one such company, you will find that all of the products that are produced for their company are made from recycled plastics. Not only do the plastics used in the products that come from the lake forest meet all national safety standards for packaging, but the materials are also biodegradable. This means that they will sit on the earth, decaying and breaking down, and then naturally compost back into materials that can be used again, rather than being dumped in a landfill.

Bottom Line 

Many of the plastics that are produced in this way do not pass any toxicity or chemical tests, which makes them highly sustainable. They are also incredibly durable, with the materials from the recycled manufacturing plants being extremely resistant to ultraviolet light, and ultra-violet rays. This means that the colors in these bags remain bright and attractive for years on end. Additionally, the manufacturing process produces no harmful or ozone-depleting gases or toxic chemicals. These traits make them highly suitable for use as well as being highly flexible for consumers who need a convenient and durable way to carry items from place to place.

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