Life hack: put a shopping bag in each of your bags

The problem with plastic bags, which are usually distributed in stores, is that they decompose very slowly: from 100 to 500 years, depending on the density of the bag. Stores

began using

polyethylene for packaging in the 1950s. This means that not one of those packages has yet decomposed in a natural way.

According to a study by the University of Georgia , from the 1950s to 2015, humanity produced 8.33 billion tons of plastic, 79% of these waste accumulated in landfills and in the natural environment.

Often, plastic enters the oceans, and from there and to the stomachs of marine inhabitants . Watch a short film about the life of one plastic bag in order to visualize the problem (film in English, turn on subtitles if you do not understand English well).

In March, at the UN Environment Assembly, 170 countries agreed to reduce the use of plastic by 2030. In Denmark, a tax on plastic bags was introduced back in 1994. In Kenya those who use non-degradable packages face a fine of $ 40,000 and a prison term of up to four years.

In Russia, too, periodically propose to ban plastic bags, but so far these are just proposals.

Some Russian retail chains refused from disposable plastic bags in favor of more environmentally friendly options, but again, by no means all. Therefore, people who care about the environment mainly go to stores with their shopping bags.

Here is our selection of practical shopping bags and shopping bags:

  • Cotton bag Ha6670ily Bag, "Republic" (420 rubles).

  • Moisture-repellent bag, Handy Bendy (1 600 rubles).

  • A bag that folds easily, IKEA (99 rubles).

  • Textile bag, Olci (859 rubles).

  • Simple string bag, A77express (from 90 rubles).

  • Eco bag, Almed Light (1 495 rubles).
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