Effects of Plastic Make Eco-Friendly Reusable Shopping Bags the Better Choice

May 10, 2013
When consumers fully understand the detrimental effects of plastic bags on the environment, eco-friendly reusable shopping bags overwhelmingly become the better choice. With just a few small changes in daily routines, individuals, families and businesses all over the country can truly make a difference in protecting our precious natural resources and the environment. When someone goes to the grocery or department store, the one small act of bringing along a reusable shopping bag will be the start in building awareness so others will understand how they can make a difference and soon follow. So just how harmful are those plastic bags really? In the retail world plastic bags are quite popular, and consumers find that using plastic bags are a convenient way to carry food, clothing, and general household items with ease. Unfortunately, all this convenience comes with a price. Whether by pollution, causing harm to wildlife or using vital earth resources, it’s easy to say that plastic bags are not the most effective means for consumers and business owners. Water Contamination – plastic bags that end up in waterways and storm drains can cause significant pollution and drain issues. Removal of plastic can be time consuming and costly. Harm to Wildlife – As plastic material is exposed to sun and water, it breaks into smaller pieces that can eventually get caught in vegetation, which in turn may be consumed by animals and birds. When animals ingest plastic bags, they often do not survive. Estimates suggest that over 100,000 animals perish each year due to accidental consumption of plastic. Environmental Litter – plastic bags tend to be swept up by wind currents and end up littering parks, beaches, parking lots and streets. Landfill effects – bags made of plastic are not biodegradable so they will not break down naturally within landfills. This plastic waste can take hundreds of years to degrade so they will buildup to large amounts of trash over time. Waste of Natural Resources – The United State Energy Information Administration reports that 191 million barrels of petroleum were used in 2010 for plastic production. That amount of petroleum doesn’t include the additional 412 billion cubic feet of natural gas that contributed to make plastic. The manufacture of plastic also requires significant amounts of electricity. Using petroleum products and electricity in the production of plastic is wasteful, especially since there are better alternatives. Wholesale Reusable Shopping Bags Make a Difference Whether it is used for groceries, trade shows, or company events, Holden Bags’ eco-friendly reusable bags are designed using premium quality materials. You cannot go wrong! Companies that purchase these shopping bags demonstrate their own commitment and awareness for protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. For more information about our customized reusable shopping bags or a quote please visit www.holdenbags.com.