written by: L.Romano•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 10/16/2010
There are more benefits to using reusable bags than you may think.
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Reusable bags have become increasingly popular and are seen in many types of stores- from online to major department stores. You may already have one, or a few, that you use on a daily basis. If you’ve entertained the idea of using one and just haven’t done it yet, you’re not alone. The next time you have the opportunity to buy a reusable bag, consider all of the benefits of using one.
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Reusable bags are more durable than plastic bags
At some point, you’ve probably had the experience of carrying items, seeing a small tear in the plastic bag that turned into a big gash and worrying that your items were going to end up falling out all over the place. Reusable bags are usually made of strong materials that will hold the weight of what you’re carrying. Also, if you are carrying something heavy, the weight of the reusable bag is less likely to dig into your hand like a plastic bag would.
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Reusable bags can fit more into it than a plastic bag
If you’ve ever tried to fit a lot of items into a plastic bag, it probably didn't turn out very well. There’s a good chance that everything overflowed or the bag broke before you got a chance to put even most of it in. Reusable bags can hold much more, and comfortably, without any strain on the bag at all.
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They’re not as deadly to animals as plastic bags
There are people that use plastic bags that have no qualms about tossing them into the water, onto the street or into the trash. Some animals then ingest them or the bags get stuck inside and the animal dies. Chances are if you have a reusable bag, you’re not going to treat it like a plastic bag and just toss it away. If you use a reusable bag, you keep plastic bags out of the way of innocent animals.
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Reusable bags are more stylish
You can find one to match any outfit that you’re wearing for the day from basic black to bright pink. Plastic bags are plain and usually carry the logo of the location that you got it from. Instead of carrying a simple, boring bag, consider carrying a reusable bag that can be an extension of your outfit for the day.
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They’re more Earth friendly than plastic bags.
It takes quite a bit of natural resources to make plastic bags. Not only is their beginning not Earth friendly, but when you throw them into the garbage they end up sitting in the landfill. Others end up tossed on the street to litter the ground and the water. Reusable bags can be washed and used over and over again.
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The next time you have the option to buy a reusable bag, pick one up and give it a try. You may never end up using plastic bags again.