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Do You Prefer Paper or Plastic?

With the need to reduce our trash and the world’s focus on the environment, why do grocery retailers still pose the age-old question, “Would You Like Paper or Plastic?”

Because most grocery shops can’t seem to get away from the plastic choice, we must step in and refuse the plastic. You don’t have to use paper either; there is an alternative.

According to experts, the photodegradation of a single plastic bag can take up to 500 years or more. Plastic bags are not biodegradable.

Plastic bags are constructed from polyethylene, a man-made material. Because microorganisms do not perceive this as food, it does not decompose.

Plastic bags degrade in the sun over time and with repeated exposure, although this does not destroy the polymer.

When polyethylene polymer chains are exposed to UV radiation from sunshine, they become brittle and begin to break. This means that the plastic will ultimately break into millions of little bits. It will never be entirely gone.

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According To a Study

According to a study, when anything begins to biodegrade, it emits Carbon Dioxide; however, when a plastic bag begins to photodegrade, there is no Carbon Dioxide present, thus these polymers do not biodegrade.

Think about how long it will take for these bags to photodegrade in the United States, which uses over 100 billion plastic bags every year.

We have options, and it is up to us to make the best decision for the sake of our environment. There many alternatives available, and the trend is growing popular and trendy.

Bring your own eco-friendly tote to the grocery shop instead of paper or plastic bags. If you’re only going for a few items and not a week’s worth of food, save a bag and carry your tote.

Eco-friendly bags are flying off the shelves. Hundreds of people queued in New York City in the pouring rain to get their hands on an eco-friendly bag.

Crowds waiting in line for an eco-friendly bag in Taiwan ignited a major disturbance since there weren’t enough to meet demand.

People all across the world are refusing to use paper or plastic bags and instead filling their totes with goods. Now it’s up to the grocery store companies to set a good example and get rid of these environmentally unfriendly parasites.

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What About Retailers

Retailers all across the world are looking at ways to recycle plastic bags or maybe outright prohibit them. Retailers in Modbury, England, for example, recently committed to a total ban on plastic bags.

Most big grocery businesses in California are required by law to recycle plastic bags. That is a start; now, which states and nations will follow suit?

We can’t wait for the government to make it a requirement. Because lobbyists work for the adversary, we must educate and set an example for our friends, family, and neighbors.

Even if the concept of carrying your groceries in a tote does not appeal to you, re-use your plastic bags multiple times, or better yet, go back to paper. Personally, I prefer the tote concept.

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