Reusable bags better Than Plastic? May Not Be As Good As You Think

If you can remember to take them to the shops, you might not find yourself at too much of an inconvenience, but they’re probably not that much better for the environment.
Cotton bags would need to be used 131 times compared with a regular plastic bag before they are better in terms of limiting global warming, according to the Environment Agency.

If shoppers reuse around 40pc of their plastic bags as trash binliners, that multiple rises to 173 times. So many reuses “seems very ambitious.”
Most cotton bags aren’t used anywhere near that much.
(Plastic)Bag bans lead many customers to start using paper bags. This in turn led to “greater landfill waste than plastic bags” in San Francisco, according to one study.

Reusable bags can be a refuge for all kinds of bacteria.
When researchers collected them from shoppers in California and Arizona they found “large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and coliform bacteria in half”. 12pc of bags the researchers found Escherichia coli commonly known as E Coli that can result in bloody diarrhoea, and sometimes kidney failure or even death.

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9 responses to “Reusable bags better Than Plastic? May Not Be As Good As You Think

  1. A good way to remember to bring your reusable bags is to make a habit of putting them back into the car after unpacking your shopping.

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  2. Sometimes the plastic bags are inevitable and we put these in the recycle bins at the grocery store although there have been news reports that indicate they don’t actually get recycled – frustrating.
    However, most of the time I use my reusable bags which include fish net bags, “advertising” bags from an assortment of conferences and such, and canvas bags. Except for some of the “advertising” bags, these can be washed as needed (such as the time the fish got left in the car overnight – yuch!) I’ve been using these bags (and accruing them) since the 1990’s (and before). I also have used recycled T-shirts to create bags – sew the bottom together, cut off the sleeves, – the neck becomes top opening, the shoulders become the handles -not great for heavy items but handy for all sorts of tote chores . . . and a good use of T- shirts that have torn out under the arms but are otherwise not worn.
    Back to the crux of the matter – I can’t be sure how many times each bag has been used (or washed) but I still think using “reuseables” is better than using plastic. (If only because the are a petroleum product.)
    (by the way: these bags are washed in rain water in a “high efficiency” machine — given the amount of areal spraying that goes on around here [we drink bottled water – there’s that petroleum sourced plastic again ~] and the amount of effort that goes into trying to keep the water collection, cleaning, and purifying system working well – – well, we try to be “green”!)

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    • In today’s society it is not possible to avoid plastic bags and containers.
      That little recycle label on plastic products is little understood by the public, the users.
      Many locations, in fact most do not have recycle centers, and those that do are an inconvenience to use.
      Glass containers no longer have a ‘standard’ mouth size, as they did in the past, people saved, recycled/reused jars in home canning. Crap you can’t find canning lids that will fit many glass container today.

      Bottom line is we should ‘try’ and do our part to keep plastic out of our oceans, rivers, lakes. Out of our environment. However Federal government, states and cities do not make this monumental task easy.

      Happy Gardening

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  3. Robinne Weiss

    Some of my cotton grocery bags are 25 years old, and have been going to the grocery store with me every week! And almost every one of them is from some conference or other–they were going to be produced whether I used them or not. Better they get used, I think.

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  4. I am too germphobic to reuse grocery bags.

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