Reusable Grocery Bags

Next time you are in the check-out line at the store and your groceries are being bags in those flimsy plastic bags, consider the far reaching impact of your actions before opting for a single-use plastic bags made of high-density polyethylene. Opt instead for reusable grocery bags and be sure to visualize this imageplastic bag trash Scientist have estimated that there will be more plastic in the oceans then fish by 2050.

Think of all the resources and energy consumed in drilling for the oil used manufacturing these bags, distributing the final product, and finally recycling  a very small percentage of all the bags. Most of these bags are quickly discarded and end up in your local landfills and incinerators, and sometimes along the river banks.

Or as we’ve seen in the news Pacific Trash Patch.

Over the last few years, many jurisdictions across globe have recently enacted a bag tax if you opt for disposable bags at check-out.   To be honest, in our opinion, it seems that the politicians simply seized on this as just another tax generating opportunity, but nevertheless its a benefit for the environment.

Why switch to reusable grocery bags? The staff here at GreenBlizzard conservatively estimate that the average American family consumes 80-100 of these bags every year, probably more.  That quickly gets out of control once multiplied down your street, throughout your building, around your neighborhood, or across the 100 million U.S. households. Everyday, more and more communities are voting to apply a bag tax to discourage their use.

The Scoop On Reusable Grocery Bags

reusable grocery bagsEasier To Handle – These sturdy reusable grocery bags are easier to handle.  No Joke.  Really much easier.  Plus, you can comfortably fit more into these bags and make fewer trips from your car to your kitchen.   Most of these re-usable bags are so sturdy they will not tear – they can hold as much as you can lift.

Quick Environmental ROI – You only need use your new reusable grocery bag 11 times to realize a net-positive environmental impact.  That’s only a few short months of shopping trips and they will last for years.  The only real hassle is remembering to bring them into the store with you and always returning the empty bags to your car. 

Cash Back At Check-out – Buy several reusable grocery bags the next time you are at the grocery store.  Many stores offer a 5 cent credit per reusable bag used – an instant coupon.  I take an armful into the store. Keep these reusable bags in your car so they are always accessible before you enter into the store.  Those nickels will eventually add up.

If you are in the market for a few reusable grocery bags with certain features or you want a few special new bags as a fashion statement while you shop, check out these options:  Deluxe Bags with Bottle Holder,  Flip N Tumble BagsReusable Graphic Print Bags, Easy Fold Reusable Bag Set.

Check out the these other Green Blizzard articles: Save on Your Electric Bills – Toss Out Your Incandescent Bulbs, or Use Natural Light To Save Energy, or Beyond Recycling: Four Other Ways To Handle Waste.


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.