5 Ways to Show Your Patriotism with Reusable Bags!
Celebrate Independence Day by Making the Switch to Reusable Bags
A lot of people think using reusable bags makes you a tree hugger or an environmentalist. This may or may not be true, but using reusable bags is a great way to show your patriotism this Fourth of July and beyond. We put our heads together and came up with 5 ways you can show your patriotism this year and always by ditching single use, disposable plastic bags in favor of reusable shopping bags. You with us?
5 Reasons Using Reusable Bags is Patriotic!
Disposable plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources like petroleum – the key being non-renewable. Once they’re used for just a few minutes, they’re gone and so is the valuable resource. When you use reusable bags you’re making a statement that the practice of wasting non-renewable resources is not acceptable.
Decreases Your Carbon Footprint
A carbon footprint is a measure of how much carbon dioxide is emitted through the use of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that is one part of climate change. Disposable plastic bags are a huge drain of fossil fuels, which are a non-renewable resource. By limiting your use of products made from fossil fuels, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. Reusable shopping bags allow you to permanently stop using single-use plastic bags.
A lot of progress has been made when it comes to recycling plastic bags, but unfortunately many of them still end up as litter due to the difficulty o recycling them. Careless shoppers toss them aside without a second thought and a gust of wind can easily lift the bags from a recycling bin or landfill, setting these bags off on a destructive journey. Wayward single use plastic bags will become stuck in trees and shrubs or touchdown in waterways where animals can mistake them for food. When ingested the plastic bags can lead to a slow and painful death. It is also possible for animals to become tangled in the bags and unable to protect themselves from predators or to care for their young, which again can lead to death. When you opt to use a reusable bag instead of a plastic bag you limit the amount of plastic bags unleashed on the world and the harm they can cause to wildlife.
Preserve Natural Beauty
In addition to the risk plastic bag litter poses to animal’s habitats, they are also an eyesore and mar the natural beauty of the land. No one wants to see a plastic bag tumbling down the street, stuck in their front hedges or floating in a lake or the ocean. It’s just sad when litter piles up and ruins the landscape. Using reusable bags lets you take back the environment and its natural beauty.
Who Wants to Pay Higher Taxes?
A lot of cities are starting to pass laws that levy a tax on disposable plastic bags handed out at the checkout. If you bring your own reusable grocery bag when you shop you can avoid such a tax. We’ve come a long way since the Boston Tea Party, but reusable shopping bags help you keep your hard earned cash instead of handing it over as a tax.
Make it a Habit This Fourth of July and Always to Make the Switch to Reusable Bags
Making the switch to using reusable bags makes you more than just patriotic – it makes you a smart and savvy shopper who does what’s right for the environment, our shared planet and your bottom line. These are just 5 of the countless reasons why you should make the switch to reusable shopping bags. What reasons can you share?
- http://www.standupamericaus.org/breaking-news/independence-day-celebrate-and-remember/ (statue of Liberty)