When plastic grocery bags were first introduced several years back, at that time, everyone was upbeat about the convenience of it. With the invention of the plastic grocery bags, carrying shopping items became so convenient. You could fold the bags and carry them with you. In fact, you could even keep some plastic bags in the car, or the purse! All shops started offering an option to take away a plastic grocery bag, or a paper one. Paper bags would tear easily, and customers found plastic ones sturdier. However, soon everyone became aware of the pollution problem caused by plastic bags.
Plastic is dangerous to animal life and affects the environment. Plastic disposable methods are hazardous to sea life and cause unnecessary air pollution. The global impact of using these bags appeared to be a disastrous choice for all of us. Disposal of plastic items is a financial burden for government agencies as well because of this, both government and non-government organizations around the world are now promoting non-plastic or reusable grocery bags.
The invention of reusable grocery bags has changed everything for the environment-conscious customers. However, according to the research of the “University of Arizona and Loma Linda University” 50% of the reusable bags tested had bacteria on them including E. coli.
The study provided solutions to help educate consumers on how to clean their bags and prevent bacteria build upon them. They suggested that governments should consider requiring cleaning instructions on bags, invest in public education campaigns, consumers should separate foods into particular bags to avoid cross-contamination and should not use the bags for other purposes such as a gym bag.
It doesn’t mean that one can stop using reusable grocery shopping bags but one should be more conscious to regularly wash them. After all the benefits of reusing bags most definitely outweigh the costs. By reducing our consumption of plastic and paper bags, we can begin to diminish the total of nearly 1 trillion plastic bags consumed worldwide to a much more ecological friendly number. This will reduce the number of toxins in our soils and waters as well. During the breakdown of plastic, a process known as photodegradation, these toxins used to produce plastic seep into the ground and cause numerous negative effects.
During the manufacturing process of these grocery tote bags, polypropylene requires less heat, so limited fuel is consumed as compared to producing plastic bags that require a lot of oil. This also results in lesser emission that contributes to a cleaner and better environment. This drop-in harmful emissions result in the conservation of fossil fuel resources and thus, the environment is aptly preserved.
On the financial aspect, consumers can attain a reduction in cost from purchasing throwaway grocery bags every time they go out and visit a shop. For a struggling family.who is trying so hard to keep up with the monthly financial needs, this expense reduction could just be the right thing for them. The practice of using biodegradable shopping bags has the support of the government in a few countries. So you can see their people almost every-day bringing with them reusable bags to the supermarkets and grocery stores.
These foldable reusable shopping bags have been a great advertising tool for entrepreneurs because contact details, logos, and advertisement messages can be easily printed on these bags. These bags are available at wholesale prices and can be easily personalized by business owners. That amounts to a green option plus the advantage of free advertising that lasts longer. An entire bag-designer industry as evolved in the sector. This adds value to the brand and builds a loyal customer-base for sellers. Here are some tips for entrepreneurs planning to introduce these environment-friendly bags for their customers: Pick up bags with at least one pocket as that encourages your buyer to use the bag even when not shopping. That amounts to great publicity for free. These bags are available in a variety of designs and colors. Do not hesitate to have wholesale bags specially designed for your brand or company. Unfortunately, there are still some people who prefer plastic bags. The heartening aspect is that shop-owners have made these bags available on a payment that deters customers from using plastic bags unnecessarily.