While a small number of people around the world have been using them for decades, reusable bags have been emerging as the “ecologically friendly” and “hip” alternative to plastic or paper bags, with good reason. Though not all reusable bags are made of environmentally friendly, biodegradable, sustainable materials, they certainly provide an alternative to the thousands of plastic bags that are increasingly polluting our waters. Remember the average American will use 1,200 plastic bags each year.
They have many names. Reusable tote, reusable shopping bag, bag for life, green bag. They come in all shapes and sizes with varying designs. Many are handed out as give-aways from large companies or you can purchase one for less than one dollar from your favorite retailer. It’s even ‘fashionable’ to be environmentally friendly. In 2007 Anya Hindmarch, an English fashion accessories designer, famously created the “I’m not a plastic bag” tote which sold out in countries across the world and promoted the use of a reusable bag over a plastic one reinventing, and in some cases introducing, what it means to be eco-friendly. From the fashion world in England to governments around the world this issue is becoming more and more pertinent.