Consumers are put under ever more pressure to stop using plastic carrier bags and look for alternatives. One option available to shoppers is paper bags. There are several benefits from choosing bags made from paper over those made from plastic.
Recyclable and Biodegradable
One of the major reasons why people may opt to use paper bags is that they are significantly better for the environment than plastic bags. They are made from renewable resources and are often at least partially made from recycled paper. They can also be recycled once you have used them. Another advantage of paper bags is they are completely biodegradable.
Safer for Children and Animals
An argument against the use of plastic bags is that they pose the risk of harm to children and animals. Young children can suffocate if they accidentally put a plastic bag over their head or in their mouth. Similarly, wild animals can choke on the bags or become trapped in the handles. This also applies to marine life if the bag is blown into the sea. These situations are potentially fatal. On the other hand, paper bags do not pose the same risks to animals or children.
Paper bags can be reused for shopping many times over. You can even use them for a number of other purposes, including gift bags, storing fruit and vegetables, rehydrating bread, packed lunches or cleaning the windows. This makes them a versatile item to have around your home.
Long-lasting and Durable
In most cases, a paper bag will last longer than a plastic one. Plastic tears easily, especially when carrying heavier items. Paper is a more resilient material. They are unlikely to tear even when you are carrying larger items. This means that you can carry more items in the bag and reuse it on more occasions before it becomes worn or tears.
Paper bags are the perfect solution for anyone looking to reduce the impact they have on the environment. By starting to use paper bags, you have the added advantage of knowing they are less harmful to children and animals, and that you can reuse them for many different purposes.