When it comes to making responsible purchases, we all want to do our part. We opt for cruelty-free shampoos and lotions. We buy in bulk to reduce the packaging that ends up in landfills. And we’re on board with using reusable bags when we’re out shopping. But many of us wonder…does the type of bag we use really matter? Can’t we just use the cheapest option out there?
The answer is yes…and no.
Yes, the type of bag you choose makes a difference…and no, you shouldn’t let cost be the deciding factor on the type of bags you use.
If you’re ready to expand your reusable bag collection, we hope you’ll consider investing in a few well-constructed canvas bags. While they may not be the cheapest bags out there, we happen to think they’re some of the best…and here are our top 3 reasons why.
1. They are eco-friendly.
The devastating effect plastic bags are having on our planet cannot be overstated. Nearly 84% of plastics used in Australia end up in landfills, and only 13% of the plastics used find their way to recycling centers.
Even reusable plastic bags will eventually outlive their usefulness and end up first in the rubbish bin and then in the landfills, where it takes them approximately 1,000 years to decompose.
Canvas bags, on the other hand, are made from natural fibers which break down naturally once they have served their purpose.
2. They are better for our animal friends.
The numbers are grim. Approximately 100,000 mammals and birds are killed every year due to encounters with plastic bags. Some get tangled in them while others try to eat them. And the statistics are even worse for marine life—over 1 million (including fish, sharks, turtles, sea birds, and mammals) die due to plastic debris in and around the oceans.
Canvas bags are a much better option as the natural fibers are harmless to animals should they ever find their way out into nature or open waters. If you need further proof, you need only look to the many nature conservancies, national parks, and zoos banning single-use plastic bags as a way to educate their visitors about the dangers of plastic (while selling canvas bags in their gift shops).
3. They are more practical.
There is nothing worth than struggling to get all your groceries into the house in a single trip only to have your lightweight, flimsy, plastic bags rip and tear, dumping your items all over your drive or down your stairwell.
Most canvas fabric is made from tightly woven cotton that holds up under pressure, allowing you to carry more in fewer trips when you’re bringing in a heavy load.
And there you have it—three reasons it’s time to recycle any plastic bags you still own and start carrying canvas. Not only will it make shopping easier, but you’ll also enjoy knowing you’re doing your part to better care for our planet.
Written By: Sonia Irani
Director of Marketing | Cooper Industries Canvas PVT Ltd.
Sonia is an experienced marketer who has been working for companies big and small for over a decade. It was not until recently that her sister and inherited a global canvas exporting business from their father that she realised her passion for all things canvas.
She is now on a mission to make the world as eco-friendly as possible – one canvas tote at a time!
Known for her skills and integrity coupled with a positive outlook, Sonia runs Cooper Industries with passion to ensure the Cooper Legacy lives on.