Did you know that the average reusable bag has a lifespan measuring more than that of 700 disposal bags? That is an encouraging statistic and a big tick for reusables. But is plastic really that bad? Here are the facts:
- The average American goes through six disposable shopping bags per week. With a population of roughly 323 million, that means almost two billion bags are used and discarded in America every week!
- According to grocery shopping statistics from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family uses nearly 1,500 plastic shopping bags each year,
- More than 100,000 marine animal deaths are caused each year when marine animals mistake plastic shopping bags in the ocean for food, according to SPREP.org.
- It takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill.
We can all do something to help move beyond fossil-fuel derived products and towards a greener future. We think that reusable shopping bags are an easy switch and so do many state legislators. In 2014 California became the first state to ban plastic bags, since then 311 local bag ordinances have been adopted in 24 states.
Beyond the US, as of July 2018, 127 countries have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags. It is clear - the future is cotton!
Organic Cotton is our star player:
Sure, you have heard of organic cotton - but what is the hype? Cotton is versatile and durable but not all cottons are created equal. Conventional cotton-growing practices impact the environment negatively through being water-intensive, requiring a ton of chemicals, and exploiting agricultural workers. Organic cotton is renewable, biodegradable, and sustainable, avoiding the use of harmful chemicals and treating producers fairly throughout the supply chain.
There is nothing boring about an organic cotton bag:
With cotton you can select the style and size that suits your needs, or the needs of your customers. Perhaps you want something small and lightweight enough to be tucked in your pocket. Or a more robust model with thicker straps for comfortable grocery hauling.
Reusable bags are incredibly versatile, and they are always more than a simple shopping bag! An organic cotton canvas bag can be repurposed into a daily casual bag while you are out for a stroll or a perfect beach bag or library bag. Protecting delicate items – like laptops and cameras is easy as large shopping bags can come with fasteners.
Organic cotton is a workhorse:
In comparison to plastics, large canvas shopping bags carry the load for you without the risk of tears. Sharp edges and heavy loads can make holes in plastic bags, but cotton can handle it. Cotton totes are sturdy, resilient to wear and tear, and can manage all the items you wish to chuck in. So instead of saying yes to yet another plastic bag to lug to the car and then discard, carry your load stylishly and responsibly.
Organic cotton bags are worth every penny:
Use, wash - repeat! Organic cotton bags have a long-life span, so you can love them well and use them for ages. And even when you are done using them, they can be upcycled into potholders, coasters, accessories, and much more. Get creative - there are so many ways to repurpose a reusable cotton bag. On average, a single-use plastic bag costs 5 cents, and in a year, you could easily use 350 of them. While a reusable bag costs a few dollars. You do the math!
You can make a statement with organic cotton bags:
Organic cotton is the ultimate canvas for printing. This material is perfect for displaying detailed designs and bright, true colours. Want to advertise your organization or spread awareness about causes you support? These bags are a fantastic walking advertisement space.
Let us take care of the earth together - choose organic cotton bags today!