Although plastic bags are at most reasonable price and widely used all over the world, the use of them recently has been criticized by many organizations due to certain environmental reasons. As we all know, normal plastic bags cause a large problem for our earth and subsequently, for the creatures inhabiting it. Every year, they account hundred thousand tons of landfill space all over the world. They cause pollution to water, land and air, at the same time, they effect to the life of thousand species of animals. A plastic bag takes about 1,000 years to naturally degrade and when it does, it releases very hazardous toxins into the environment. Moreover, to produce plastic grocery bags, people have to use millions of barrels of oil per year which is not renewable once it is used.

To minimize this damage, many companies have now begun to produce and widely market eco-friendly products, which do not cause as much damage to the earth as normal ones do. There are three kinds of them substitutes that you can use to reduce the damage to our environment.

1. Recycling

You can easily distinguish recycling plastic bag from other kinds thanks to a symbol of recycling printed on them. It is the three arrows arranged in a triangular shape. These bags have started to gain the notice of many people who have really realized the importance of a healthy environment.

The price of recycling bags is often lower than normal ones. They are most commonly used for garbage packaging and for storage purposes as well. They are available in a large range of colors and sizes

2. Reusable

In recent years, using and buying reusable bags has gained much popularity. They are made from PP (Polypropylene) woven, PP nonwoven and PE (Polyethylene) with high thickness. They often are printed in eye-catching colors and images. Therefore, they can carry up to twice as much good as a normal plastic one. They are washable and the life-cycle of them will last for many years before going to a landfill.

Switching to reusable bags is a simple step that everyone can take to ensure a healthier future. It can be hard to remember to bring them every time you go shopping, but it will become a habit soon. Then, you will feel great about your contribution to achieve a greener environment and may even save a little money while you do it.

3. Bio-degradable

Biodegradable plastic bag, as its name implies, can be decomposed naturally by heat, light and oxygen, thus less harmful to the environment. It can take the effectiveness and usability of normal plastic bag and avoid its harmful things. It is often used for food, plant packaging and shopping. This kind of bag contains additive elements: D2W, EPI and ECM which can cause decomposition process happen more quickly. To characterize the efficiency of additives, we can compare the degradable period time of biodegradable plastic bags with each kind of additive in nature environment. With 1% additive, the D2W and EPI additive bags will degrade between 18 months to 5 years and ECM additive one is in 1 year. Biodegradable plastic bags have a lot of advantages but their price is a little bit higher than normal ones with the same quality: durability, light weight, water resistance, printing quality.


Source by Le Ngoc


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