Do we take the convenient plastic bags or bring our own reusable bags to the grocery store? Did you know that plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade if they are buried in landfills? This is almost indefinite.
Did you know that plastic bags will eventually break down into smaller, more toxic particles over the next 1,000 years? These harmful particles can contaminate soil and water. The more plastic bags that are thrown away, the more harmful particles end up in the soil and water.
What about paper bags? Is that a better choice? Paper doesn't degrade or break down as quickly as plastic. Paper bags take up more space than plastic bags and nothing really goes to waste in landfills. Reusable bags are a popular way to save the environment.
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The trees that make paper bags are the source of their strength. Not only are the trees being cut down (which absorb greenhouse gases), but the pulp must also be made into the paper to make the bags. This creates greenhouse gases. These actions are worse for the environment.
The solution? Reusable grocery bags. These eco-friendly bags are available in a variety of sizes and colors. You can also find "manly" bags for men. These bags are sturdy, versatile, and durable. They are versatile and can be used for all things. I keep mine by my door and in my car when I go out of the house to make sure I have one to bring to the store.
Carrying reusable bags is a simple way to help the environment.