One of the key challenges in tackling climate
change is reducing the amount of waste that is produced in day to day human
activities. One of the ways people have started to challenge this is through
the use of reusable products and sustainable services that do not detract
quality. This is one of the reasons why the cotton bag has become one of the
most popular reusable bags on the planet. Here are 4 of the interesting ways
that cotton bags help to safeguard the environment.
- They reduce the number of plastic bags in
Cotton bags are highly reusable with many lasting a
number of years. The high reusability means that anyone who adopts the product
over plastic bags saves a lot of plastic bags from ending up in the landfill.
An estimated 30-50 million plastic bags
end up as part of the litter in our system every year.
This has knock-on implications for the environment
leading to increased pollution and threatening the life of many different
species of wildlife. Increasing the adoption of cotton bags will reduce the
amount of waste and help save money by reducing the pressure on landfill sites
and the waste they need to process.
- They can be a far less carbon-intensive process
than plastic bags
manufacturing process for cotton bags is slightly more comprehensive than for
plastic ones. The natural materials need to be harvested and processed in a few
different stages. Whilst if the public continued to use cotton bags as a
disposable product they would be worse than plastic bags; if manufacturers
focused on developing cotton bags that would stand multiple different uses it
would help reduce the carbon emissions for bag manufacturing overall.
- They are made of sustainable biodegradable
Cotton bags are made from the sustainable cotton plant. This crop is grown in
warmer climates with much of thcotton e plant grown in southern states of the
US, China, and India. Because the product comes from natural materials it is
sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable.
- They help build trade in developing countries
Whilst the production of cotton bags was
mainly sourced from the US in the early years of the production of the product,
the manufacturing process now takes place in many developing countries like
Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. This means that buying cotton bags from ethical
sources helps both the environment and the poorer parts of the world.