5 ways to Green Your Shopping bag
Shopping bags are one of life’s essentials. How else to tote home all those treasures from your latest retail spree or those delectables from that upscale grocer around the corner? Trouble is, disposable bags (think plastic and paper) carry a hidden eco-price that may not show up on your next credit card bill, but costs the planet bunches. Drop your shopping impact with the tips below.
These sturdy items, sometimes made of hemp or organically grown cotton, easily replace disposable paper and plastic bags.
Reusing paper and plastic bags means less new bags need to be made, which saves tress from being cut down, reduces our demand for petroleum, decreases landfill waste and litter, and keeps pollution out of our air and water.
To reduce plastic use, buy individual fruits and vegetables, and transport them in one reusable shopping bag. Don't buy pre-wrapped or produce-bagged items.
Recycling paper bags prevents deforestation and decreases landfill waste.
Give your plastic bags a second life—and don't let them end up littering the environment—by dropping them off at a recycling center or grocery store with a plastic bag recycling program.