Bags are an indispensable part of our day-to-day life, so why not look for eco-friendly alternatives that are recyclable and avoid using plastic bags? Some well-known eco-friendly alternatives are bags made from paper, jute, cloth, and natural material like palm leaves and bamboo. Bags made from eco friendly material can be used for a variety of purposes such as to shop, to carry lunch, and to go to the beach. You could buy tote bags, shopping bags, beach bags, lunch bags and string bags made of natural fiber or recycled materials. Eco-friendly bags make ideal corporate and personal gifts. Cloth bags that roll up into their own pouches are handy as they can be stuffed into handbags and taken out at supermarket checkout lines.
One of the main uses of reusable bags is for shopping. Reusable shopping bags carry a lot of weight as compared to plastic bags. They can be slung over the shoulder and have comfortable handles that are soft and easy to carry. These bags are easy to wash and last for a very long time. As the bags are made from environmentally friendly material they are non-allergenic and non-toxic. Reusable bags also do not end up in land-fills and oceans and have a long life-span if properly cared for, thus cutting down costs. These bags are available in attractive colors, styles and shapes and can be used to make a fashion statement. For corporates looking for an advertising tool, these eco-friendly bags can be custom-made with the company’s logo and message on them.
A number of environmentally conscious cities have banned plastic bags. Some stores give you a small credit every time you carry your own bag and do not use their plastic bags. The amount, when accumulated over a period, covers the cost of your recyclable bag. One person not using plastic bags for shopping would mean a saving of over 20,000 bags. Imagine the benefits for the environment if the number of people using recyclable bags grows. The total effect on the environment would be enormous.