Benefits of Using Reusable Shopping Bags
The use of plastic in the UK has been growing at a rapid pace, with a recent study stating that approximately 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste was generated in 2014. This means that it is more important than ever that everyone makes a conscious effort to reduce plastic usage. One way we can do this is by ensuring we are using reusable shopping bags.
While disposable shopping bags may come in handy, they are costly and harmful to the environment, with the average person discarding plastic bags only 12 minutes after using them. Instead of collecting a never-ending pile of single-use plastic bags, why not invest in some reusable bags. At Regen Waste, we are passionate about reducing plastic waste and protecting the environment. Here are some of the benefits of using reusable shopping bags.
1. Save Money
Firstly, swapping disposable bags for reusable bags will save you money. Since the carrier-bag levy was introduced throughout Northern Ireland in 2013, shoppers have been charged at least 5p per plastic bag. This can add up, especially when doing a large food shop for the family. Investing in a good quality, reusable bag means you will no longer need to pay a small fortune on disposable bags, and you will have a strong, long-lasting bag that can be used every time you go shopping.
2. Less Plastic In Landfills
Recycling plastic bags often costs more than it is worth and so, many recycling facilities will not take them, meaning they end up in landfills. As they are not biodegradable it can take up to 1,000 years to break down through photodegradation, resulting in the bag breaking down into small, toxic particles. Investing in reusable bags, either canvas or hard plastic will minimise the number of disposable bags that end up in landfills across the country.
3. More Durable and Reliable
Disposable plastic bags are often flimsy and break easily, whereas reusable bags are more durable and can carry more without breaking. This means you can fill it up to the top without the fear of splitting which in turn will reduce the number of bags you need to use, and trips made to and from the car!
It is clear to see that there are many benefits to investing in reusable shopping bags and using these instead of disposable plastic bags. To learn more about the struggle against plastic waste, recycling in general or what we do at ReGen Waste, follow us on Twitter.