I’m probably about to say something that might make people bristle so maybe put it down to the fact that I come from an age when fledgling greenies were taught to use plastic instead of paper to save the rainforest from deforestation. Please don’t get me wrong, I am NO fan of plastic and I would dearly love to see unnecessary plastic packaging prohibited or at the very least used to the absolute minimum.
But what the hell is the story with these silly little paper bags?
I get truckloads of them when I place an online order. They’re the only bags on offer at my local supermarket, even when I only want to buy a small handful of beans or mushrooms. And they all end up in my recycling bin. Having said that I am admitting to an eco-offense because according to the Earth 911 website “only if the handles are made of paper, can you leave them on your bag to recycle. Handles made from another material, such as plastic, string or ribbon, need to be removed before recycling your bag.”
There is no doubt that these bags look really cute so maybe there are some creative ways I can re-use them? Again I refer to the Earth 911 website:
“Paper bags can be reused for craft projects in the same way you would use any other type of paper. To get you started, try the tried-and-true paper bag book cover for the kids’ textbooks, or transform your paper grocery bags into a shipping envelope.
Not so crafty? Try bringing your paper bags back to the grocery store for your next shopping trip, crumpling them up to protect breakables while shipping or reusing the same lunch bag for multiple meals before recycling it.”
Seriously, is that it? I can at least use a plastic bag to store leftovers in the fridge or as freezer bags which is way more useful in my life than attempting to create shipping envelopes, book covers for the non-existent school children in my life, or crumpling them up to protect breakables. I know I have complained about the plethora of plastic bags in the past (see link).
Maybe lockdown has just given me too much time to get grumpy about things that probably don’t matter much in the whole scheme of things, but reading the Truth about Paper Bags has got me questioning if paper really is more favourable than plastic