How Paper Bags Benefit the Environment

How Paper Bags Benefit the Environment

The environment is a hot topic nowadays. With climate change being a looming factor in everyone’s minds, and the source of several heated debates globally, many people are scrambling to find ways they can help the environment. After all, it takes everyone to make a real change in our species’ trajectory.

One small thing you can do, whether you’re a business entity or just an average person, is to swap to paper bags.

Yes, we know. Paper requires trees. However, it has several major benefits over plastic, along with many paper bags being made from non-tree, sustainable sources, that make paper bags far more environmentally friendly.

Of course, you want cold hard facts. Not just someone telling you they’re good. So, check this out.

1: Kelp-Based

Many paper bag manufacturers are aware that chopping down trees to make bags is directly against their eco-friendly theme. So, they don’t do that.

Honestly, there is an alternative to tree-based paper that is highly sustainable AND its removal helps the environment.

Several types of kelp are invasive, grow at an astounding rate, and choke out other underwater flora. It just so happens that those kelp species can be used to make paper that’s even better than tree-based options.

This paper is often used to make paper bags; preventing the creation of more destructive plastic, and helping to get rid of destructive plant species.

2: Biodegradable

While paper bags are reusable and should be used again and again, it’s a fact of life that many users will simply toss them in the bin. That’s not optimal, but it is okay. Paper bags are biodegradable. This means that, within a matter of days or weeks, the bag will be absorbed by the environment and help nourish the plants in the area.

In comparison, plastic bags can sit around for decades before they even start to decompose. That’s one of the biggest problems with plastic.

3: Reusable

Paper bags are pretty tough items. Especially when they’re made properly from a kelp species. They can get reasonably wet and still be useful after drying, carry substantial loads without ripping, and basically, if you don’t rip a hole in them or tear them, function as good as new for years.

Yes, you’ll occasionally lose a paper bag to an accidental drop while it has glass in it, or the occasional rainstorm will ruin it on your way into the house, but at least 80% of the time, paper bags will work just fine over and over again.

You don’t even have to take them to a recycling plant. You can recycle them yourself by simply storing them until you need them again, and when something does happen to make them useless, they can be shipped off for recycling as long as they aren’t contaminated.

Make the Switch and Go Green

The planet needs our help, and while there are tons of things people are doing every day to provide that help, plastic bags are somehow still the norm. Make the switch to paper bags today, and you can do even more to save our beautiful planet for future generations.