It seems like all across the country people are going 'green' and finding new ways to help the environment. One way people are going green is by opting to bring their own reusable bags to the store instead of the paper or plastic bags the store provides.
According to an article published by the huffingtonpost, there are several reasons to avoid using plastic bags.
• Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.
• Only one percent of plastic bags are recycled in the U.S. The rest end up in landfills, or other places in the environment.
• It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year.
Reusable shopping bags can be made from several different materials such as heavy duty plastic, cotton, nylon, and canvas, but using any of them means less plastic in our environment.
Both the local Dillions and Wal Mart stores sell reusable bags to their customers. Wal Mart offers one for $1; Dillions sells two for $1.
"We see a lot of customers starting to bring their own bags in," Clint McKim, Dillons store manager said. "Especially from people coming in from out of town."
McKim explained there is now a reusable shopping bag for frozen items that will keep the food cold on the trip back home. Dillons also sells these types of bags, and McKim said they have seen a very positive response from the public.
Matt Moyer, a manager at Wal Mart said he has also seen a steadily growing demand for the reusable bags in his store.
"There's still people out there adamant about using the plastic of course," Moyer said, "but overall we're seeing more people start to use the reusable ones."
Moyer went on to say that he personally hasn't noticed a decrease in the amount of plastic being used, a fact he attributes to cashiers not utilizing the bags, and often times under-packing them.
McKim did note that he has noticed the local Dillions ordering less plastic bags since the store began selling the reusable alternative.
"There's definitely a pretty high demand," McKim said. "I'd say we sell about 50 reusable bags each week."
According to reusethisbag.com, a website where you can find facts about different types of reusable bags, as well as purchase your own; the average reusable bag has a life span of over 700 plastic bags, and over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 plastic bags.