Reusable Shopping Bags: Buying Tips

By Natural Living For Women on July 22, 2010
Have you bought your reusable shopping bags yet? Are you still in line at the grocery store trying to decide between paper or plastic? Well, cut it out and get busy finding reusable grocery bags that are right for you.

You Can Be Greener Than Paper or Plastic

You've heard the question. Which is better paper or plastic? After years of arguing back and forth it turns out the answer is neither. Both types of shopping bags have been found to be poor environmental choices.

The creation of either bag uses massive amounts of resources for a product that for the most part is thrown away. Even with recycling efforts it has been found that a very small percentage of bags used are actually being recycled. So where are all these bags ending up? Everywhere.

Some of them do end up in landfills and the rest can be found just about any time you take walk. They are in the trees, blowing down the street or found on shorelines just about everywhere. ReusableBags.com has a running tally of over 400 billion plastic bags used in an11 month period. That's just too many bags.

Fortunately there is something you can do and reusable shopping bags are the answer.

swans and shopping bag

Tips For Finding The Right Bags For You

A shopping bag is a shopping bag right? All shopping bags will hold stuff but there can be a big difference in where and how bags are made, quality, styles, materials and sizes. It's a lot to consider but these tips may help make the decision easier.

Avoid the cheapie or freebie bags offered by many stores and businesses. Cheaply made bags that won't last are not a good idea either. While you might save some plastic bags from the dump these inexpensive bags become trash themselves far too soon and you are left with having to get more. It's just a waste of resources. Choose good quality well made bags. I know they are more expensive but a good bag should last for many years. Consider a bag made with natural fabrics. Choosing a reusable shopping bag is a very green thing all by itself. Why not go one step further and choose a bag made from fabrics like organic cotton, hemp...

 

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By Natural Living For Women| July 22, 2010
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