I have several cloth grocery bags that are starting to get holes. I plan on using them until they no longer hold anything. When the time comes to get rid of them, what do I do with them?
Tossing them in the trash seems to defeat their purpose but they don’t seem like they’re recyclable.
Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per U.S. resident. And only 1-2% of plastic bags are recycled. Americans use 10 billion paper bags every year.
Don’t for a second think that using a reusable bag that will eventually need to be disposed of defeats the purpose! Even if you only use that bag 10 times (and I’m guessing you use it more than that), you’ve saved a minimum of 10 bags, but most definitely more considering that cloth bags often hold more items than paper or plastic and most stores have a tendency to double bag just about everything.
So, consider this. If you use two cloth grocery bags once a week for a year, you are single-handedly reducing the number of disposable bags used to 379,999,999,896 per year. Keep up the good work