Go Green to Save Green: Reusable Bags

April 17, 2012 by
Filed under: Energy, News 

April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is about ditching those plastic grocery bags and bring your own to the store.

Here’s why:

  • Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.
  • Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States.
  • The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile.
  • Many stores will reward you for bringing your own bags with a $.05 credit for each bag you use (Target, Festival, Copps, etc)

I don’t know about you, but the hardest part about using my own bags is remembering them!  Even when I keep them in the front seat of the car, I swear half the time I’ve left them behind.  Now I put my coupons into the bags so I don’t forget.  Cuz if I’m going into a store, I never forget my coupons. :-)

Also, don’t forget to periodically clean your reusable bags.  A 2010 study showed that those bags can host bacteria and molds.

The Tri-County Recycling Center does not accept plastic bags for recycling.  Some stores like Festival and Copps do have bins at the front of the store so they can be recycled.  They are shipped to factories that specialize in breaking down the bags and repurposing them as things like trash containers and benches.

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer every day this month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

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