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The Best Reusable Grocery Bags for the Environment

The Best Reusable Grocery Bags for the Environment

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We love to grocery shop! What we don’t love is what grocery shopping does to the environment. We’re talking about green enemy #1, plastic bags. 

The average American family uses 1,500 plastic bags a year! That’s a LOT of bags! 

single-use plastic bags at the grocery store

Plastic bags are not biodegradable. And because of their size, they cannot be recycled. Even plastic bags that are reused as trash bin liners or puppy poop scoops eventually become trash. The fact is that every plastic bag ever produced is still out there, sitting in our landfills or floating in the oceans. 

plastic bag floating in the ocean

Another alarming problem with plastic bags is that they are made from petroleum. Petroleum is a limited natural resource. As it becomes more scarce, retrieving it becomes increasingly damaging to the environment. 

Destroying the earth is a big price to pay for the convenience of plastic bags.       

At Lotus Sustainables, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice convenience for sustainability. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to offer sustainable solutions that eliminate plastic from shopping.  

We know what you’re thinking. Why not just switch to paper bags?

Paper bags do have some eco-friendly perks. Unlike plastic, paper bags can be recycled. Also, paper is biodegradable, making it less threatening to marine life when floating in the ocean. 

However, paper bags are not as sustainable as we think. Most paper bags are not recycled. Eighty percent of them end up piled high with the rest of the landfill trash where they are unable to biodegrade without ample exposure to sunlight and oxygen. 

Also, recycling paper is not as sustainable as we’ve been told. Consider the resources needed and waste emitted to collect and haul paper bags to the recycling plant, reprocess the paper to produce new bags, and to truck those bags out to the stores. 

paper bags require four times more raw materials and create 50 times more water pollution than plastic bags

In fact, paper bags require four times more raw materials and create 50 times more water pollution than plastic bags! There is nothing sustainable about that. 


Loving the earth one bag at a time


At Lotus Sustainables, we design reusable, time-saving, life-organizing products that are soooooooooooo much better than basic bags. 

Can a plastic bag keep your ice cream cold? 

Can a paper bag be used over and over and over again? 

Nope. But our Lotus Trolley Bag can! 

The Lotus Trolley Bag is the fastest, easiest and greenest way to shop. Unlike paper and plastic bags, the LTB helps you stay organized while you shop AND is not harmful to the environment. Now that’s a win/win!

Lotus Trolley Bags are made from a non-woven polypropylene, or NWPP. Scientists believe that PP and NWPP are the most sustainable options for bags available. 

the best reusable bags for the environment

How do you measure sustainability? By looking at the entire lifecycle of a bag: from materials and resources used during manufacturing to the pollution of disposal. 

Another important factor in determining sustainability is the lifespan of a bag. In other words: How many times is the bag used? The most sustainable bags are used several times (or hundreds of times!) before they are thrown away.

These charts show that not all grocery bags are created equal. NWPP bags like the Lotus Trolley Bag have the lowest manufacturing and disposal costs of all grocery bags, including reusable canvas totes. 

Grocery bags and their manufacturing costs on the environment

Grocery bags disposal and the environment

Lotus Trolley Bags are reinforced with double-stitching making them sturdy enough to use over and over again. And, because each bag can hold over 50 pounds, these four bags are all you need to carry all your groceries!

Imagine if everyone on earth gave up using 520 paper and plastic bags every year. And instead, they simply reused one Lotus Trolley Bag set. 

Fewer resources wasted. Less pollution created. That sounds good to us! 

Join us in loving the earth one bag at a time! The next time you're asked, "Paper or plastic?" choose the best reusable grocery bag for the environment: the Lotus Trolley Bag. 




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