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Retailers need to make the switch from plastic shopping bags to eco-friendly alternatives.  Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can last over a 1000 years. They can blow away from landfills, trash piles and garbage trucks to pollute the environment and become a serious danger to wildlife since many animals end up swallowing or choking on the plastic.

Top 6 Reasons to Switch to Eco-Friendly Bags

Stop the pollution of our land and water

Plastic bags are so lightweight that they can travel long distances through the wind and water. They can get caught in trees and fences, clog waterways, and eventually make their way into the oceans or streets.

Stop using products made from non-renewable resources

Most plastic bags are made of polyethylene, which is a substance that is made from crude oil refining and natural gas processing. Oil and natural gas are non-renewable, fossil fuel-based resources, meaning that when they are extracted and produced, they emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Production of plastic bags is energy intensive – and for no reason considering the typical useful life of a plastic bag is about 12 minutes.

Stop harming wildlife

The “save the turtles” campaign has become a phenomenon worldwide, and specifically related to the use of plastic bags (as well as plastic straws). Plastic bags that are recycled incorrectly and land in the ocean end up floating around and resembling jellyfish. Jellyfish are a main food source for sea turtles, meaning that the turtles inhale the plastic thinking it is food. When a marine animal digests plastic, it can cause health issues such as infections, painful intestinal blockage, starvation or death by suffocation.

Use eco-friendly products that decompose

Plastic bags are made of resistant, synthetic polymers that can take thousands of years until they completely degrade. Many times, plastic bags break down into microscopic pieces that get deposited into soils or contaminate waterways.

It’s easy and economical to use alternatives

Reusable shopping bags are a great alternative for customers and for the environment. Most of the time they are more durable than plastic or paper bags and they can be reused as many times as needed over the course of many years. Many companies have even started to sell reusable bags with designs on them, making them better looking and more fashionable while at the same time building the brand.

Customers demand non-plastic alternatives

Because so many companies have made the switch, more and more people have started using reusable bags all over the world. If your company still uses plastic bags, customers may not want to shop with a company that  will appear behind the times, not eco-friendly and not considerate of the environment.

Best Plastic Bag Alternatives

Here’s a list of some of the best reusable and recyclable bag suppliers: 

Reuse This Bag:

A high quality, inexpensive option. Reuse This Bag has a variety of options varying from reusable grocery bags, wine and beer bags, woven bags, drawstring bags, and many more.

Earthwise Bags:

Earthwise Bags promote their brand for its functionality and aesthetic. Earthwise Bags has a full line of shopping bags, multi-use totes, insulated bags, wine bags and produce bags.

EcoBags:

EcoBags is a B-Corp certified business, based on social responsibility. EcoBags sells reliable, durable cloth bags to promote people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

ChicoBag:

ChicoBag offers a more stylish and fashionable option of reusable bags. These bags are great for shopping, travel, organization and outdoor activities. ChicoBag stands out from other competitors by creating reusable bags of all different colors that are compactable. Most of the bags can be folded up into a small pouch, which you can keep in your pocket or purse.

Green Packaging Group:

A company that creates multiples types of green packaging for any type of business, big or small. Green Packaging Group sells reusable and recycled bags, boxes, filler/cushioning, paper, wraps, envelopes, and more.

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