Reusable vs. Disposable Bags: What’s Better for The Environment?

Is investing in a reusable bag really going to lower your environmental footprint? In this post I will answer three main questions: What’s the environmental impact of disposable bags? What’s the environmental impact of reusable bags? When are reusable bags better than disposable bags? The basics of comparing disposable bags vs reusable bags Before answering …

History of Plastic Bags: How Did We Get Here

WHY ARE SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS EVERYWHERE? Plastic bags are ubiquitous and most people don’t question it. Why? Less than 50 years ago plastic bags were a rarity. Now you it seems like you can’t buy anything without it being carried out in a branded plastic bag. If we can understand how we got ourselves …

Reusable Grocery Bags: Good or Bad for the Environment?

Are reusable grocery bags good or bad for the environment? For every news article that tells us ‘Reusable bags are better for the environment’ there seems to be another one saying ‘Reusable bags are not really eco-friendly’. The arguments for and against the environmental sustainability of reusable shopping bags can be confusing, so what’s the truth? …

Pros and Cons of Reusable Grocery Bags

What are the pros and cons of reusable grocery bags? Plastic is threatening many aspects of life these days. With 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans each year, and 80% of that coming from the land and coastlines, there’s overwhelming concern about the plastics we use in our every day …

How do reusable bags help the environment?

It’s common to hear that reusable bags – the ones you can use many times over, for months or even years– are great for the environment because they replace single use plastic bags. But why is this such a good thing? Why are single use plastic bags a problem? Many global and local problems are …

Legislation Against Plastic Pollution

Use less. Recycle more. Buy this. Don’t support that. When talking about pollution, especially plastic pollution, the conversation often targets individual action. The choice, and therefore responsibility, always seems to lie with the individual. And while these shifts in personal choices are by no means futile, it is also imperative that we look to our …

How To: Stop the Use of Plastic Bags

Stopping The Use of Plastic Bags “Plastic should be a high value material… [It] should be in products that last a long time, and at the end of the life, you recycle it. To take oil or natural gas that took millions of years to produce and then to make a disposable product that lasts …

The Environmental Impact of Nylon Bags

WHAT IS NYLON? Nylon is a synthetic fiber with a silky texture, commonly used in outdoor gear such as sleeping bags, tents, rope. Other common uses include umbrellas, clothes, and parachutes. Nylon was originally created for use as a lightweight material during WWII and was most popularly used in parachutes. Nylon is lightweight, strong, and …

The Plastic Problem: Global Warming

PLASTIC’S CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE The problem with plastic isn’t only about the visible pollution that’s evident everywhere we look today. Plastics also make a significant – and growing – contribution to man-made climate change. How do plastics contribute to climate change? All plastic is made from carbon, but while biopolymers or bioplastics use carbon …

How to reduce the use of plastic bags

Do you live in an area where plastic bags are taxed or banned? More than 20 U.S. states and 150+ cities and counties have already banned plastic bags, and a growing number of countries around the world are also banning or taxing their use. Why is this happening and how can you respond? Why are plastic …