We have all seen the headlines and the news recently about
the protests about climate change and the degradation of our natural
eco-systems, however with all the bluster, many are failing to provide concrete
ways for us to live a more environmentally friendly and sustainable life. With
this month playing host to European paper bag day, here are some of the reasons
why paper bags are becoming crucial in the fight against pollution.
- They are more biodegradable than standard
Whilst paper bags are not the all-encompassing answer to
climate change, they are better than plastic bags. Paper bags are much more
compostable than plastic ones. Make sure you shred the paper bags into small
pieces. This will help with the composting process.
- Paper bags are more widely recycled than
Whilst paper bags are extremely reusable and have a long
life, eventually, their useful life will end. When the day comes (unlike
plastic ones!) you will have no problem recycling your paper bags. They can be
cobbled in with the rest of your paper recyclables.
- The minimum use requirement is lower than in
One of the key reasons why paper bags are sometimes viewed
as bad for the environment is the bad impact they have when they are ‘single-use’
product. Luckily, you only have to reuse paper bags 3 times before their impact
on the environment is neutralised.
The same metric
applied to plastic bags means you will have to reuse them 4 times. This may not
seem like a lot at this level however it can have huge implications when we
look at how bags are used on a macro scale.
- Paper bags are good for collecting food waste
When it comes to food waste, many chuck it in with the rest
of the non-recyclables, however, if you have a garden they could make a good
contribution to the health of your plants. Compost
helps to moisturise the soil for your plants whilst providing them with more
nutrient-dense bedding. Use your leftover paper bags to collect food waste that
can be turned into compost.
Ensure your stick to ethically
produced paper bags
If you are a business looking to make the switch to paper
bags in your stores, there are certainly worse decisions that you can make for
the perceived environmental sustainability of your brand. To ensure your paper
bags are as good for the environment as they can possibly be.