If you are like most people, you probably don’t think too much about the bags you use at the grocery store. The checker may ask if you want paper or plastic, but that simple decision is really the only consideration you make. Your items are bundled up into the complementary bag that you carry home and throw away later.
The truth is that plastic bags are becoming a costly nuisance. Similar to office supplies, a retail business must stock these items to support their normal daily operations. Customers expect a certain level of service and have become accustomed to simply discarding unwanted bags when they are done using them.
If only one person threw out a plastic bag, it wouldn’t be that big of a problem, but due to the size of the retail economy in the nation, billions of these bags are turned into the garbage every year. They are starting to pile up. Disposable plastic bags are clogging landfills, and creating ecological hazards for wildlife. The problem has become so bad in larger cities that some local governments have taxed or banned their use entirely.
Fortunately, there are alternatives. Durable reusable bags are available for purchase that have many advantages over their disposable counterparts. Convincing consumers to voluntarily make the switch isn’t always easy. To find out more about the benefits and savings of using reusable bags on your next shopping trip, check out the infographic below.