Comments on: Reusable Bags http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/reusable-bags/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Adam http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/reusable-bags/#comment-3804 Mon, 19 May 2014 03:08:17 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=7903#comment-3804 Plastic bags cause more damage to the planet. The size and weight of reusable bags may be bigger but because of the fact that they are reusable the result is that they accumulate so much less than plastic bags. I’m not sure how much energy the manufacturing of palstic bags cost vs. fabrics production but just because of the fact that fabrics degrade in few years while plastic degradation takes hunderds of years I would vote for reusabale bags. Instead of using reusbale bags made of papper or fabrics, what about using baskets and bags made of sustainable materials from the nature such as palm leaves?

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By: Mark http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/reusable-bags/#comment-3803 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 17:26:17 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=7903#comment-3803 30% biodegradable, paper bags, and clothe bags all require more fossil fuels, water,electricity, and emit more Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere during their production. In addition, those same bags create more solid waste than plastic bags, as plastic bags have a smaller mass. Also, it costs more money to ship non-plastic bags around the country due to their size and weight which results in more trucks being used which causes even more CO2 emissions to go into our atmosphere. Re-usable bags also are a public health problem due to the fact that the majority of people never wash them and pesticide residue on fruit, veggies, etc. accumulate and leach onto other foods or find their way into our mouths, wash your bags.

Also, most plastic bags are 100% recyclable, nobody ever recycles them so litter and marine debris become issues due to ignorance. Take your bags back to the grocery store or throw them in your recycling containers and they will become more green than any clothe bag. PS plastic bags can be turned into usuable fuels to run small engines, youtube it.

The enviornmental impact of every US citizen switching to non plastic bags is negligable as India and China make up the majority of the world’s population and are completely industrialized nations leaving giant carbon footprints with little to no remorse.

I’d also be scepticle as to where clothe bags are being made. It’s not likely that it is in the US, so all you wanna be hippies better do some research and then you can join the rest of us “green people”

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By: Ben http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/reusable-bags/#comment-3802 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:15:27 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=7903#comment-3802 It entirely depends on how many bags you use per trip and how long you keep the reusable bag. If you buy one reusable bag and it lasts for five years, you’re doing a lot better than if you used 10 plastic bags per week on average. But if you lose a bag a year or, even worse, buy the bag and then don’t use it, you’re doing worse than if you used just a few plastic bags a week. My biggest pet peeve is when the cashiers double bag unnecessarily – that’s a big waste.

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By: Douglas Lober http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/reusable-bags/#comment-3801 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:28:52 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=7903#comment-3801 It would be impossible to think that a bag you could use more than 300 times would be worse for the environment than one that takes 1000 years to bio degrade and was made to be used 1 time. Way to go USA, keep up the momentum!

Doug

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