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Why cloth bag? 10 reasons to choose cloth bags over plastic bags

Why cloth bag? 10 reasons to choose cloth bags over plastic bags

So, what do you think we can bring together such a large and diverse group of people on a common ground?

We can think of many things, we can count dozens of items, but I would like to bring together 55-60 million people on the common denominator of daily shopping or consumption-oriented bag use.

A person with an average shopping culture can use approximately 500 disposable bags per year. In fact, this figure can even go up to 1000 for people who frequently use shopping malls and chain stores. While the overwhelming majority of these bags are plastic bags, some of them are bags made of fully or partially recyclable paper, and a very small number of them are eco-friendly bags made of cotton woven or nonwoven.

Starting from our local grocery store (if there is still a grocery store left in the neighborhood where we live), butchers, greengrocers, street market shopping, grocery shopping, clothing shopping, stationery purchases, things we buy from peddlers, etc.. Everything we can think of is in bags, large and small. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of these are plastic bags, which are not made from recycled raw materials, which themselves cannot be recycled.

We throw millions or even billions of non-recyclable plastic bags into the soil and water under the name of garbage, which have harmful effects on natural life and human health. As if nature will not send these wastes back to us and will not ask us to account for it.

I am aware that I paint a pessimistic picture because now we must have an environmentalist, ‘cloth bag culture’. This is an urgent matter that cannot be left to private preferences. The use of environmentally friendly packaging and bags, which local governments partially put into practice, but unfortunately, both in the society and in all public institutions in general, can advance in promoting themselves with social responsibility projects or advertising/promotion-oriented works. Of course, we have citizens and organizations who are conscious of using cloth bags, but their numerical ratio is very low. I wanted to look at the consumer’s point of view and answer the question of what the use of cloth bags would add to you in its simplest form, and I listed them in a few articles.

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