Whenever we go for shopping be it groceries or even for clothes or accessories, we are often given a plastic bag to carry our purchases and these carry bags are either free or comes with a price. The price being very nominal, we do not fret about it and as a result, the plastic bag can be found loitering around in the streets and clogging up sewages. The reason it was not noticeable from the beginning was because the build up to this stage of global threat was slow and the even slower rate of decomposition of these plastics have made have ensured that just cleanup will not suffice. We have to stop using these bags and look for alternatives.
Cotton bags have been there for a long time but when the choice came to the free plastic bags and the costly cotton bags, the plastic won. The no fuss feature of the plastic too was a key player. A cotton bag needs to be washed and dried but with plastic, you can simply dust it and if there is a tear, you can simply replace it with a brand new bag. Yet, cotton bags are making a comeback and you should invest in a few too.
5 eco-friendly features:
# 1. Cotton bags, as the name suggests, are made of cotton which are obtained from the seeds of the cotton tree and the fibers obtained are natural and free of toxins. The cotton fibers are durable and light. The procedure of manufacturing of these bags is similar to our cotton garments and is available in many colors which are resistant to fading away quickly.
# 2. Besides being fashionable and trendy, these cotton bags are natural fiber made, they are washable and reusable. They dry quickly and can even be washed in a machine which cannot be said for plastic bags. The fibers are not susceptible to easily be torn; instead every wash makes it look cleaner. Being fiber, the breathability of these bags helps keep anything edible inside these bags fresh.
# 3. Being natural fibre, they are eco-friendly and biodegradable. But it is the durability of the cotton bags which makes them much in demand over traditional and biodegradable plastic bags. A cotton bag can be used for over 10 years and they can carry more weight than plastic bags even when they are light weight.
# 4. These are easy to be printed on which remains for a long time. Again, being natural fiber, cotton bags are similar to cotton garments when it comes to printing and maintaining. You can even jazz up your plain cotton bags in your home with textile colors.
# 5. Speaking from a strategic point of view, cotton bags are great for promotional and branding purposes. If a retailer gives a cotton bag with their logo printed on it for every purchase, they will be advocating green earth values and their logos will be advertised, for free, by their customers whenever they use their bags.
The earth is on the brink of massive ecological damage with so much irreversible damage already inflicted that if we are not carful even now our extinction as a planet will not be thousands of years away; instead it could happen well within the next century. It is up to us as the superior race to be aware of our surroundings and to spread the awareness amongst each other as much as possible. Using and promoting the use of cotton bags is one of the ways to create this awareness. Cotton bags have been proven to be beneficial for the community and even after outgrowing its uses; it can be recycled and made into something else. Already many species have become extinct, let us save whatever there are left.