Non-woven or Plastic Bags in Supermarkets
If one wants to contribute to the environment in the easiest way possible, it would undoubtedly be to replace using hazardous plastic bags with non-woven or paper bags.
However, there is still a lot of debate going on in this matter, and people still are not sure if paper bags are better for the environment than plastic bags or not. Simple to put, the answer is definitely yes. But, to understand it fully, we will have to see the problem from its root.
1. Why Are Plastic Bags Hazardous?
Plastic bags are what we refer to as “non-biodegradable.” These materials are classified as the ones which cannot be broken down by nature and hence cause stuffing in the oceans when they are dumped. This does not only create problems for marine wildlife, but it also stuffs the ocean and affects our food supplies with plastic bits.
Hence, knowing that these are the threats posed by the plastic bags, one should play his part in saving his home, the Earth, and contributing as much as he can by replacing the use of plastic bags with cotton bags, on whatever level he can.
2. Role of Companies in The Cause
As much as it is the responsibility of every individual to save nature, it is also the responsibility of every company out there to adopt this behavior and start caring for the planet.
Moreover, an individual can only consider this on a small level and its really the big companies out there who can make the real difference by following this replacement procedure of plastic bags.
So, every big supermarket and store should take it upon themselves and introduce non-woven or paper bags in place of plastic bags. Not only do these bags prove to be less harmful to the environment, but they are also reusable hence reducing the amount of waste.
3. Recent Project in This Cause
There have been various awareness campaigns going on around the world on this matter. One such campaign launched in Singapore is helping Resorts Sentosa S.E.A Aquarium, which is a very popular tourist spot in Singapore.
This project, known as Marine Conservation, is based on saving marine life and uses the recycling of shopping bags to fulfill the purpose.
Effective from 1st Jan 2019, the resort has stopped giving out plastic bags to their customers totally and has switched to paper bags instead of saving the marine life from disintegration, the bags being provided by the project managers.
4. Are Paper Bags Harmless?
No bag could be tagged as totally harmless, and whatever the type may be, all the materials are harmful to the environment in one way or another, non-woven and paper bags are no different.
However, the thing that sets these non-woven and paper bags apart from plastic bags is their element of re-usability. As opposed to the plastic bags, these are highly reusable and can be recycled and used for a long period before they are finally dumped. This makes them much less hazardous to the environment hence making them a good alternative of plastic bags.