Some villages and towns have now banned plastic bags from its shops and offer 100% bio-degradable bags instead. Big retailers are starting take notice and it is only a matter of time before they disappear from our shops.
It is estimated that we waste 14,000,000,000 disposable bags every year. Whilst some of them claim to be biodegradable or compostable, most of them will only biodegrade in specially built industrial composters. In the normal environment or in a landfill site, it can take between 500 and 1,000 years for a disposable bag to decompose.
The solution is to reuse the disposable bags you already have until they have worn out. Keep a few in the car so you always have some handy when you need them. When they are worn out, replace them with reusable shopping bags.
If you have a home delivery for your weekly shopping, request that your shopping is delivered without disposable bags.
When your disposable bags wear out, take them to the supermarket - most of them now have recycling points at the store specifically to take them.
Instead of using disposable bags, buy sturdy shopping bags that can be used over and over again. These can be kept in the car for use when they are needed. Insulated bags can be used to keep chilled and frozen foods cool during transportation.
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