Every time I go grocery shopping, I get this question, “paper or plastic?” and a lot of times, the bagger doesn’t even bother to ask…just start loading my groceries into plastic bags. I think that paper and plastic are both horrible for the environment, so I always decline both.
Plastic bags are made from petroleum by-products and are manufactured in an unsustainable and super polluting way. Not to mention, they will sit in the landfill for thousands of years. I can not stand the fact that they are everywhere. Trees, check. Gutters, check. Blowing past my house right now, check. (be right back) OK, I had to go catch it. Bodies of water, check. Everywhere.
Paper bags aren’t much better because even if you recycle them, the process to transport them to the recycling facility and the recycling process itself is very polluting and completely unnecessary. Did I mention the fact, that paper bags are made from trees.
So next time you stop at the store, please remember to grab your reusable bags. It only takes a second. They hold more, are stronger, there are some great looking ones available and it saves the Earth.
Check out my favorite reusable grocery bags here.
Do you use your reusable bags? Which are your favorites?