By Luke Anderson
Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed more retailers offering reusable shopping bags for around a buck apiece. Every time I walk past a rack of these I think to myself how they’re a good idea, and that they are much better for then environment than plastic bags. Of course I haven’t actually bothered to pick up any such bags to use myself. I’ll admit, the main reason is sheer laziness and the desire to not carry in bags every time I go shopping. I imagine that I’m not the only one doing this, mostly because I’ve only seen a handful of people actually using those fancy bags.
I won’t say that the reusable bags aren’t working, but I think that a good many people are resistant to them simply because it requires extra effort. Thankfully there are companies making cool disposable alternatives like the 60BAGs. These are made from flax-viscose non-woven fabric which will biodegrade in just 60 days. That seems pretty quick, especially since some of your average grocery bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. These 60BAGs are currently only available in Poland, so we might not see them here in the US for a while. Until then, your best bet is the reusable bags, or at least doing what I do and recycle the plastic bags that you do use.