Paper or Plastic — How About Neither?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – “Paper or plastic?” That is the major question that shoppers usually face as they check out at the supermarket. However, both options take a major toll on the environment. It’s estimated that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are used each year throughout the world — many of them winding up in landfills, where it can take hundreds or thousands of years for them to decompose. And about 14 million trees are cut down each year to make paper grocery bags.
Increasingly, both by personal choice and by law, consumers worldwide are moving away from using paper or plastic bags. And they’re choosing reusable grocery bags as a convenient and environmentally friendly option.
California Innovations has leveraged their knowledge of insulated technology to develop a quality line of durable, reusable grocery totes. Their 45 Can Freezer Tote features high-density thermal insulation plus Therma-Flect Radiant Barrier, so groceries stay cold for hours. The interior is easy to wipe clean and has Microban, which helps protect the lining from bacteria that cause odors and stains. All of these grocery totes carry the Ultra Safe designation, which means that the interior of the bags is PVC free and lead and phthalate safe.
California Innovations’ innovative grocery totes help protect the environment because they can be used over and over — unlike both paper and plastic bags, which are often used once and discarded. Aside from the environmental benefits, reusable tote bags are far more durable, carry more groceries, and can easily double as a beach or picnic tote.
Practical, environmentally friendly and insulated to keep food cold — seems like an easy choice for consumers.
To see more reusable grocery bags, coolers and lunch bags, go to www.californiainnovations.com.

Want to Save the Earth? It’s All in the Reusable Bag

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Each year, consumers use between 500 billion and 1 trillion single-use plastic bags worldwide. While some do reuse plastic bags, most end up in landfills, if not in the world’s oceans, causing over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths each year.

Each reusable grocery bag can eliminate 1,000 plastic bags over the course of its lifetime. Even better, consumers can purchase reusable grocery bags that benefit good causes. For example,

two organizations that benefit poverty-stricken families, Americans Helping Americans (www.helpingamericans.org) and Running Strong for American Indian Youth (www.indianyouth.org), recently started printing their logos on grocery bags containing 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

So, why do so many people fail to carry reusable bags? Despite the planning that goes into creating shopping lists, it is mostly a store-time decision when deciding what they will use to carry their groceries.

For shoppers who want to get the most out of reusable bags, keep these tips in mind:

– Keep some extra bags spare. Purchase several bags. Keep some in your car and in a visible location in your home. Fold lightweight bags, and keep them in your purse or a large pocket.

– Designate bags for different purposes. Label separate bags for vegetables, meat and fish. You might also want to purchase one or two insulated bags for frozen or refrigerated foods. If cold foods sweat and dampen the bags, let them air-dry on a clothesline before storing them.

– Put your reusable bag on your list. When you write out your shopping list, make a note to remember your bag.

– Think beyond the grocery store. Keep one or two bags for non-food use, and take them with you when you go to the mall or convenience store.

– If you do forget a reusable bag, purchase a new one. Hopefully, if you purchase enough new bags, you will start remembering to take them to the store. Make your money count by purchasing bags from reputable charities like Americans Helping Americans and Running Strong for American Indian Youth. For more information, visit www.helpingamericans.org and www.indianyouth.org.