The surprising truth about plastic grocery bags and the environment….
- You have to use a canvas bag over 131 times to be better for the environment than a single plastic grocery bag. (Source: Treehugger.com:“Are Plastic Bags Better After All?”)
- Whatever type of bag is used, the key to reducing environmental impacts is to reuse it as many times as possible and where reuse for shopping is not practicable, other reuse, e.g. to replace bin liners.
- Reusing a grocery bag produces greater environmental benefits than recycling bags.
- Woven bags (i.e. cotton or canvas) have a higher global warming potential and abiotic depletion because they are heavier in weight, as well as production impacts than plastic grocery bags.
- Paper and cotton bags should be reused at least 3 and 131 times respectively to ensure that they have lower global warming potential than conventional plastic grocery bags that are not reused.
Access and download the full report via the Environment Agency U.K. website
REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.
Back to Basics is what makes sense in the debate about plastic grocery bags.
Reduce number of bags used. Don’t take a bag if not needed. Don’t double bag. Help Reduce→
Reuse the bags you take home. As a bin liner, a lunch bag, for shoes, for gym clothes, for whatever. Ways to Reuse→
Recycle the bags you have leftover in the supermarket recycling bin along with your newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, etc. Recycling Plastic Bags→
To find out more about sustainability and source reduction, visit the following websites:
Source reduction is the #1 method of waste management and yet is often ignored by communities around the world!
Source reduction, often called ‘waste prevention,’ is any change in the design, manufacturing, purchase, or use of materials or products (including packaging) to reduce their amount or toxicity before they become municipal solid waste. Prevention also refers to the reuse of products or materials. – EPA
With source reduction, waste will not be placed in landfills and it reduces the vicious cycle of treatment processing of recycled products; which involves transportation, oil, gas, etc.
In 15 years, Crown Poly has source reduced over 14.33 million pounds of plastic out of the waste stream from produce bags alone.
Find out how Crown Poly products contribute to source reduction here→