Bringing your own bag (instead of using a single-use bag) is better for both you and for the environment!
Reusable bags are better for you because:
- Reusable bags are so much more comfortable! Plastic bags have small, thin handles that can hurt your hand and are not pleasant to hold. Reusable bags are usually made with wider handles and a heavier gauge material, making them more comfortable to carry.
- Reusable bags are DURABLE. You can fill them with as much as you can carry and they’re not going to split open.
- Reusable bags come in fun designs and a rainbow of colors. They’re much more stylish than a plastic bag. From solid black to cat print, there’s a design for everyone! Check out Upgrade Your Tote Bag Situation for #BYOBag Weekfor more ideas on super stylish totes.
Reusable bags are better for the world because:
- Reusable bags create less waste! Reusable bags are specifically designed to be used lots of times instead of being thrown them away after a single use, so using them can reduce waste dramatically.
- Reusable bags can help to reduce greenhouse gases! By choosing to reuse you avoid wasteful single-use bags, which contribute to greenhouse gases in their manufacture, transport, and disposal. Finding a reusable bag that you like and remember to use can seriously reduce your carbon footprint.
- Reusable bags are less likely to become litter than plastic bags! Plastic bags are thin and aerodynamic and therefore likely to get caught in the wind even if they are disposed of properly. Plastic bags get stuck in storm drains, exacerbating flooding and sewage discharges into waterways and are the fourth most commonly found type of litter on U.S. beaches.
- Reusable bags are healthier for animals and for us! Plastic bags often end up as litter where they can be mistaken for food and ingested by aquatic animals. This means that our trash makes it back into our food chain! Yuck!
A small choice can make a big difference!
Also, in case you missed it, check out yesterday’s WYNC The Brian Lehrer Showinterview with Council Member Brad Lander to discuss #BYOBag Week.
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