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What Do You Do With Plastic Bags?

Every country has different laws regarding plastic bags, I am curious to hear how things are where you live. 

Here, in big supermarket thin produce plastic bags are free, but plastic bags with handles are usually charged. An exception is stores that give away plastic or paper bags with their logo whenever you make a purchase. Some are now giving away reusable fabric bags or even ask you whether you want a bag or not.

I usually have a reusable bag with me, and most of the time I avoid buying plastic bags, but unless I am asked whether I want a bag, I take the free ones. Depending on their size and condition, I reuse them for grocery shopping or to store things. If the bag is dirty, I use it to collect trash in it, and if it’s teared I either recycle it or use it as a mat to protect the floor surface if I am doing some art and craft project. What about you, what do you do with plastic bags?

Some statistics about plastic bags

Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world.

It takes more than 500 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade. This means that after they degrade, they break down into smaller toxic bits that continue to contaminate the environment.

Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.

100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.

Read more facts here: source 1source 2

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  • What do you do with plastic bags?

    • I throw them
    • I reuse them
    • I recycle them
    • I never take them
    • It depends
    • Other (tell me in the comments)

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  1. I didn’t vote properly… I use them to throw garbage in them, or reuse them if they are clean… I am also glad some bio-degrading and reusable bags are now made and I heard plastic ones will be banned… I also like those canvas tote bags which are made for such purposes but they are not always practical because they need to be washed often (or maybe not? ;/ 😀 ) and you know I was designing some (as it actually became quite popular here but not for groceries but as a fashion accessory!!!) so now I’m thinking about making them…!

  2. We have a single use plastic bag ban since 2016 here in the state I live in. CA. You can buy biodegradable bags or cloth for 10 cents. I always always forgot to put the cloth ones back in the car, or take them with me. SO…. I pay the 10 cents for the biodegradable and reuse it for bathroom and office trashcan liners, and cat litter scooping. Great post, its awesome to see the different laws from everywhere.

  3. In my country they charge for those that want plastic bags for their groceries. I got mine before the law went into effect and also got some cloth bags so when it went into effect I was ready and brought my own bags to bag my groceries. Once in awhile if do not have my bags with me will get one.

  4. I almost never have them. They were banned where I used to live.
    I have tried really hard to eliminate all the plastic. I reuse and upcycle what plastic comes in my house if I can.. It is so hard to wipe plastic completely from your life.
    It’s fun having glass milk bottles and yogurt jars that I take back or pay a deposit. Reminds me of when I was very young.

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