Should I use a bag for life or just reuse my plastic shopping bags? What kind of re-useable bags should I be using; plastic, cotton, hessian?
If you take an interest in the environmental impact of your lifestyle then there’s a good chance you’ve asked yourself these questions at some point in your life. Or, perhaps, you ask yourself them all the time.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. The manufacturing of re-usable bags has a much higher environmental impact – raw materials, fuel and energy used – than plastic bags. This means that if you opt for a bag-for-life then you’ve really got to be using it in excess of 100 times before it can be considered more eco-friendly than a disposable plastic bag.
Despite this, there’s no denying that disposable plastic bags are a serious problem. If you do have any doubts about the harm caused by disposable bags just cast your eyes over the facts below:
So, why Jute?
Jute fibre is made from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant, is prized for its versatility and is most well known for its use in burlap and hessian cloth. You may not even have heard of jute. Its production declined in the 1950s and is only just seeing a resurgence in popularity as consumers demand greener, more sustainable products.
Beyond jute’s other qualities, there are a whole host of reasons why jute is considered an environmentally friendly option:
It’s clear that, despite the initial outlay required to produce re-usable bags, if used as they should be they are an extremely viable alternative to harmful plastic bags. In addition to this, of the materials available for manufacture of these bags, Jute’s environmental qualifications are impressive. If you do decide to opt for re-usable bags, you can’t go far wrong with a bag made from jute – a fibre with undeniable eco credentials.
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