You’ve seen them. You’ve probably even used them shopping. Plastic tote bags are everywhere you look. Seriously. Not only in the supermarket, but they float around the streets of your town and live for a few hundred years in the landfill. Paper is too costly to produce, and although they do grow on trees, the number of growing trees continues to dwindle.
The logical choice is to convert to using a polyester canvas print tote bag. In addition to being stronger than that plastic bag that just tore under the weight of your groceries, polyester canvas bags are stylish.
But don’t take our word for it. Read on and discover our reasons why you should avoid using plastic tote bags:
Because the thin, flimsy plastic tote bags your grocer or drugstore uses are mass produced, they are not the same kind of quality product they once used to be. Plus, because they are plastic and not papers they can lose even more strength thanks to the power of the sun.
UV rays not only give you a tan and whether your lawn furniture they break down the bags made from plastic. In fact, The UV rays will turn the plastic into a brittle package that will instantly explode into smaller pieces or plastic bag dust if left in the sun for too long.
These wonderful small bits of plastic shrapnel can make easier float off somewhere to wreak havoc in other parts of the environment. They can end up mixed in soil, drifting through the air to land in water or just get ground up into such microscopic particles that you get to breathe them deep into your lungs.
It’s true, and it has nothing to do with the misunderstanding that even a minute amount of fiber is present in the construction of these destructive plastic tote bags.
Where the food issue comes from is that since they are so lightweight and can drift for miles and miles in the air currents or water currents, birds and marine life tend to confuse the ongoing collection of these plastic monsters as food.
Sea turtles tend to confuse floating plastic bags as their favorite meal – jellyfish. Thousands of animals choke annually on tiny bits of plastic, and the bags have killed several of them each year as well.
Contrary to what you may have been told plastic tote bags are not biodegradable. If they were, you wouldn’t see so many of them swirling around in doorways and flying around the heavy equipment mixing it up at the landfill site.
Sure, the sun breaks them down, but the tiny bits of plastic live on for hundreds of years or thereabouts. It takes roughly a thousand years for a plastic tote bag to break down to nothing completely. Until then, it will join countless others clogging up storm drains and being a nuisance that won’t go away anytime soon.
There is an upside, though. Because there are so many of these pieces of trash floating and flying all around us, we’re pretty used to seeing them, so the spotted landscape is virtually blind to us these days.
Did we get around to talking about the nasty business connected to the production of plastic tote bags? Well, in case we didn’t here’s the scoop: the production of plastic bags combined with the transportation of them to retailers is just half of the equation.
The other half includes transportation and collection of used bags to go to landfill sites and recycling facilities. The common denominator on both sides of the equation is that from the birth to the death of a single plastic bag petroleum is used. In an average year, millions of gallons of petroleum are used for this purpose.
In case you didn’t know, petroleum is not a renewable resource which means once it is used, it is gone forever. Those plastic tote bags, however, get to live on for hundreds of years to remind us.
If you are one of those types who claim to be eco-friendly and super green to keep the environment fresh and groovy for the rest of us, that’s pretty cool.
But where it doesn’t make sense is if you drive a vehicle that uses fossil fuels, wear clothing that was once covering animals and keeping them warm and using plastic tote bags to carry your loot from the store to your vehicle.
What we are saying here is that we all have to do our part in order to hold up those promises of saving the environment. Plastic is not a natural product. It is manmade and therefore should be easy for us to stop using.
What makes that even easier is that there are alternatives available to ease the pain of the transition. Polyester canvas bags are an example of a product that can easily replace plastic bags. But we need to get in the habit of using them.
One huge step is to impose and enforce a personal ban on your household of any and all plastic bags. This includes the grocery store or wherever you stop. Refuse to have your purchases bagged in plastic.
Purchase and use reusable shopping bags. These polyester canvas bags are stronger, can hold more, can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and can sit in the sun all day and not show any wear and tear as a result.
Plus, if everyone who shopped in the same stores that you do did the same, there would be far less plastic tote bags floating around in the parking lot or in the air drifting off somewhere mysterious to cause some kind of damage.
Do you find this article helpful? Were you aware of those facts? How does those informations affect your next purchase? Share your thoughts and experience.