One of the most simple first steps toward a more ecofriendly life is to start using cotton bags. Even if their conception and fabrication have an impact on the environment, the simple fact that we can reuse them and that they are made from a biodegradable material make them a much better option than plastic bags.
Here are some good reasons to make the change:
1- Cotton bags are much more sustainable, nice and practical than plastic bags. They are easy to wash and you can reuse them and avoid hundreds and thousands of plastic bags.
2- Cottons bags use less water, energy and oil and have less impact on air-pollution. They also participate to keep oceans clean and to save wild animals, the first victims of plastic bags.
3- Cotton bags are also very easy to find and you can choose them in standard or organic cotton. In Sinplástico we are now making all our bags from organic cotton. It is a greener and non-toxic option as this cotton is grown without any pesticides and is much better for local populations and cultivated land quality.
4-Cotton bags are cheaper. In more and more places we have to pay for plastic bags.
5- Plastic bags are mostly made of non-sustainable materials. Their production has a big carbon footprint and pollute soils and water. Plastic never disappear, it spread into small pieces that pollutes the ocean and lands. These microbeads have a direct impact on our health as the enter the food chain.
6- Do not forget that plastic bags are almost never recycled. The cost of their recycling is higher than their value, that is why the usually end in waste incinerators, landfills or in the sea.