The scourge of plastic bags and how we can face it

From the hairbrush to the cauliflower wrapped with a plastic film, plastic is everywhere! But, even if plastic is part of our everyday life, we need to learn to control our plastic use. And, for every purchase, we should always apply the formula “reduce, reuse, replace and recycle”.
But sometimes, when we go shopping, we forget our favorite bulk bag. We arrive at the cash register and we don’t know how we’re going to transport all our groceries to the car. So, we end up giving in and taking one or more plastic bags.

Say “No” to plastic bags

The first thing that comes to mind is to refuse plastic bags, especially when we know that they are mostly not recycled. And, often, unfortunately, they end up in the stomachs of marine species such as sea turtles or fish that end up dying. But then, what can we do to prevent this issue from spreading? The ideal would be to have at least two bulk bags and always leave one in your car so you don’t forget it when you go shopping in stores or at the market.

Purchase in bulk

Then, the best way would be to buy in bulk so you can avoid overpacking. Above all, when we buy in bulk it allows us to sort in our closets and avoid buying too much. Indeed, you will only buy what you really need. That way, you will spend less and consume better.

Find eco-friendly alternatives

There are so many eco-friendly alternatives that you can easily avoid using plastic bags. For example, to wrap cheese or a sandwich you don’t need a plastic bag anymore. Bee’s wrap is the green alternative for you.

As for the rest, such as plastic bags for garbage cans, you can opt for recycled plastic bags or 100% compostable organic paper bags.

Speaking of compost, composting is super green and in addition it would reduce our waste by 30 to 40%. Less waste means less garbage bags to buy. Isn’t that fantastic?

If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

Nora Roberts

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