The plastic bag is an environmental disaster, poorly recycled and hardly biodegradable. Plastic bags, made of oil and natural gas, are very energy consuming and contribute to the depletion of non-renewable fossil fuel resources. The plastic material is very resistant and takes more than 1000 years to completely degrade in the natural environment. The main victims are marine animals that die of suffocation because of this plastic waste. So, due to this numerous damages, it is high time to opt for better alternatives that will reduce human health problems and pollution.
Why stop using plastic bags?
Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and are invading seas, ocean life and food supplies. Lightweight and made of polyethylene, they emit greenhouse gases and pollute nature by traveling long distances. They are dangerous for the fauna and flora, but also harmful to human health. Microplastics can end up in food and drinks and be absorbed by the body, thus lowering the iron content.
What could be the alternatives to plastic bags?
Here are some other options that are much more practical and respectful of human health and the planet.
Jute or burlap bags
The jute or burlap bag is a good alternative to the plastic bag, as it is made of biodegradable and sustainable plant fibers. Jute is a renewable resource that can be recycled with other textiles to increase its use. A jute bag can be reused for up to 4 years, during which time 600 plastic bags may not be used.
Silicone storage bags
These bags dedicated to freezing food are very practical. They are less bulky than boxes that take up too much space in the freezer. This system of conservation has been improved with an integrated slide to facilitate their closing and opening. However, since these freezer bags are single use, hundreds are thrown away per household each year.
Cotton fruit and vegetable mesh bags
These net bags are less expensive and reduce the consumption of plastic bags. They are very light because of their thin fabric and come with a string that locks the container. They can be machine washed and used for other purposes. Some people use these net bags to keep their fruits and vegetables fresh for a long time.
Linen, a greener alternative to plastic
Linen is a natural 100% vegetable fiber that is eco-friendly, antibacterial and anti-allergenic. Linen bags are durable and reusable, and could be a very good alternative to plastic bags.
Linen canvas bags or tote bags
Linen bags come in all sizes and styles: the timeless classic or colorful tote bag and the famous original tote bag with messages. Whether the tote-bag is a small or large linen bag, it is truly a good, more ecological alternative to the plastic bag. It is multi-functional, comfortable, soft and strong due to the texture and thickness of its natural fibers: a perfect linen bag for shopping! Thanks to its insulating properties, you can use it to store your bread. For a simple and elegant look, opt for a vintage bag: a pre-washed linen and leather tote bag with a detachable natural leather handle for everyday use. Machine washable, it will become more beautiful over time!