Count 60 seconds and just in the amount of time two million single use plastic bags were used, equating to one trillion plastic bags in just a single year. Plastic bags alone cost United States retailers a whopping $4 billion on average. It is a well known fact that plastic is not very good at breaking down. Plastic bags can take anywhere from 10 to 1000 years to break down. Quite frankly, that is too long. However, not all is lost! Inventions have come into circulation to reduce, and hopefully, prevent plastic bags from accumulating to an even worse state than they are now.
Take tote bags, for example. There are a variety of tote bags, like wholesale bags and totes and heavy duty canvas totes, that can be used instead of harmful plastic bags. In fact, just by simply switch over to heavy duty canvas bags can save hundreds of plastic bags from being used! A single tote bag can last up to or more than the lifespan of 700 plastic bags. Imagine if every 700 plastic bags were replaced with a single tote bag. The math shows that the one trillion plastic bags used in a single year could be reduced to just under 1.43 billion tote bags, a mere fraction of one trillion. And simply switching over to tote bags for your entire life, you could contribute to the removal of 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.
The market on tote bags has even pushed into making it a fashion statement. Look good and help the environment? That is a two-for-one deal! They come in a plethora of colors and lack of colors like a black canvas tote, or a colorful statement like a red canvas bag.
Another ingenious method of pushing tote bags into the minds of the average citizen are tote bags for weddings. These make a great gift for the environmentally conscious couple or even for guests that were invited or even for couples exchanging gifts. In fact, 58.79 percent of people responding to UGiftIdeas survey in 2015 believed that gift giving is a meaningful part of any relationship. Tote bags for weddings offer an opportunity to share a conscious effort to help the environment, to show that living together is far more worth it when you live on a planet that is not cluttered with pesky plastic bags flying through the air.