Many supermarkets are switching to paper bags or reusable grocery bags. Overloading groceries in plastic bags can cause them to break apart. Customers who bring their own reusable bags to the supermarket can receive discounts or other benefits.
Many supermarkets have stopped giving out plastic bags to customers due to environmental concerns. You can be proud of your choice to switch to recycled grocery bags. If you are still using plastic bags for grocery shopping, the following facts might help you to make the switch. Our world deserves better treatment.
Reality Check before you purchase grocery bags
1. For complete decomposition, a plastic bag can take between 15 and 1000 years.
2. Although it may not biodegrade, it is still susceptible to photodegradation due to light exposure. This can lead to the formation of toxic particles. This happens when the polymer is disposed of in water only.
3. The recycling cost of plastic grocery bags is more costly then restocking them. Due to how customers are choosing to shop with reusable and more plastic bags are becoming less needed.
4. According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% of plastic is reprocessed around the globe, leaving the rest of the plastic to live in landfills for the rest of their lives.
5. Only in the USA, nearly 100 billion plastic bags are used each year. This means that the average American uses between 350 and 500 bags.
6. Plastic bags are light and can fly off into the trash, causing further pollution.
7. The USA spends more than $300 million annually on coastal litter cleaning by public agencies.
8. Plastic bags account for 10% of all washed debris on the USA coast.
9. According to British Antarctic Survey, cast-off bags can be found in the Arctic Circle's north and in the Southern Hemisphere near the Falkland Islands.
All these factors make it important that we make a switch to eco-friendly reusable shopping bags and save the environment.