Pros And Cons Of Reusable Bags

From the last three decades, the growing concern which is affecting global lifestyles is “environmental change”. The pattern of human consumption if damaging the environment rapidly and desperate measures need to be taken to preserve it. For example, nearly 12 million tons of plastic ends annually into oceans, this affecting sea life, and increasing sea litter also. Countries are spending millions of dollars on their coastal cleaning on a per annum basis. This raises an important question for everyone, is the use of plastic worth this damage. The first shift we can make to reduce this damage is to shift to reusable bags from plastic bags

Yes, there are pros and cons to using reusable bags. But the bigger picture tells us that now moving towards reusable bags is mandatory. Following are some pros and cons of using reusable bags;

Pros

  • Environment-Friendly

No doubt about it.  Reusable bags are generally made from biodegradable or recyclable materials, so they don’t add increasing the litter. The bags can easily be decomposed after their use and will have zero negative effect on the environment

  • Resource Friendly

In terms of production, reusable bags are resource-friendly.  For example, the production process for producing reusable bags needs less energy and other resources in comparison to plastic bags. Less consumption of resources means less wastage of water, less environmental carbon, and reduction in emission of greenhouses gases.  This shows the producing reusable bags are economically more feasible than plastic bags and less burden on the environment

  • Multiple Use

Not only multiple-use but reusable bags are also multipurpose. These bags are stronger and durable. They can carry more weight than plastic bags.  They can be used not only for groceries but can serve any need. They can be made in a larger size which is not available in plastic bags, this gives another good reason to use reusable bags for every occasion

Cons

  • Health Hazard

This issue doesn’t arise due to the composition of materials of bags, but because of the things carried in it. Yes, the reusable bags are multipurpose, so people sometimes don’t have to check what they are pouring in these bags. If you are carrying meat then vegetable and then bakery stuff in the same bags. There are chances that there can bacterial growth in the bag. So it advisable to regularly wash the bags and use disinfectant on it. Different bags should be used for different food or other items. This practice can prevent any bacterial growth

  • Proper Disposal

The reusable bags are made of biodegradable materials. But this doesn’t mean that these bags will be decomposed just by burying under the soil. Every material has a different disposal process and still, the disposal facilities are limited. Sometimes disposing of the reusable bags become tedious and investment needs to be done in this area, to make this process convenient and efficient

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