Here’s the problem: 500 billion bags are produced annually… and less than five percent of those bags get recycled appropriately. Most plastic bags leave a very dark mark; they end up in landfills or the ocean, harm fish, birds, or other animals, or end up clogging drainage systems.
Here’s where you come in: You can stop the plastic bag pandemic. Reusable bags are an easy solution to a big problem. Every time you use a reusable bag, one less plastic bag is polluting the earth.
Here are five tips to make the biggest impact with your reusable bags (inspired by this article from Blythe Copeland of Planet Green):
1. Choose reusable bags made from sustainable materials (recycled plastic, organic cotton or hemp), or make your own.
2. Use smaller bags for produce.
3. Keep reusable bags safe by cleaning them.
4. Remember them!
5. Use them everywhere you shop (not just at the grocery store).
Here’s some good news: You can find reusable bags almost anywhere. One place that I have come to love over the last couple months is esse (everyday solutions for saving the earth) reusable bags. Their bags are high quality, inexpensive, made with recycled plastic bags and are machine washable. esse also offers convenient mesh produce bags. I bought their produce bags at Green Fest in San Francisco last month, and I love them! Now, I don’t have to rely on any plastic at the grocery story.
Since esse is so great, they are offering a free gift to a Care2 member. Leave a comment on this post about how much you love reusable bags and you will automatically be entered to win their complete shopping bag system (pictured above), which includes:
3 Grocery Bags
2 Produce Bags
1 Everyday Bag
For any purchases on their site, get 25 percent off by entering GREEN25 as the promotional code.
For more eco-friendly and socially-conscious finds, visit Care2′s green gift guide.