Many consumers are shying away from plastic bags when doing their grocery shopping and are switching over to reusable grocery bags. Reusable grocery bags have become very popular in recent years, and are now used by a large portion of grocery shoppers. Some people view reusable grocery bags as way to do their part to help the environment, while others enjoy the versatility of the bags.
Benefits Of Reusable Grocery Bags
Reusable grocery bags can be beneficial in many ways, including:
- Using reusable grocery bags can eliminate the use of plastic bags (reusing just 6 bags per week can lead to a lifetime reduction of 20,000 disposable bags).
- Reusable bags can transport almost twice as much as disposable plastic bags because they are much sturdier.
- Most reusable grocery bags have long handles that are made from soft fabric, which makes them easy to carry in the hands or over the shoulder.
- The majority of reusable grocery bags are made from fabric that is environmentally friendly, as well as non-toxic and non-allergenic.
- Many grocery stores now provide credits to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags.
- Most reusable bags are lined with a hard insert at the bottom of the bag that allows the bag to stand up straight. This provides additional stability and can prevent bags from tipping over and spilling food.
Bacteria In Reusable Bags
Unfortunately, there is a down side to using reusable grocery bags instead of disposable grocery bags. In fact, using reusable grocery bags can be downright hazardous to your health. This is because a handful of recent studies have found that reusable bags can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria such as Coliform and E. coli, as well as noroviruses. These germs can live for extended periods of time on the inside of reusable bags. When your food is placed in those bags, it comes into contact with the bacteria and can make you ill.