Let's talk about reusable bags...
-Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
-According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
-According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)
-According to the industry publication Modern Plastics, Taiwan consumes 20 billion bags a year—900 per person.
-According to Australia’s Department of Environment, Australians consume 6.9 billion plastic bags each year—326 per person. An estimated .7% or 49,600,000 end up as litter each year.
This is something that is so easy to do and it seems the hardest part is actually investing in reusable bags and remembering to bring them with you wherever you go. Here are a few options that I have noticed out and about lately...
My personal favorite: French Market Basket Brian got this for me as a Christmas gift and I love it! It's so easy to remember because it is gorgeous!
Minus bags via Design Mom
Don't forget about produce bags!
I couldn't find a source for this one, but I like that it gets right to the point. Maybe a little snobby, but at least it (hopefully) makes people think about reusable bags.
Another favorite: Chico Bags
There are TONS of different options on etsy as well, and if sewing is your thing they make for a quick and easy project. It doesn't matter what you use or even if you use them consistently, I think the point is to become more aware for your own consumption habits and recognize ways to make positive changes.
More info on reusable bags here.