“Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. “Plastic bags do not biodegrade. Light breaks them down into smaller and smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water and are expensive and difficult to remove. Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs $4,000. The recycled product can be sold for $32.” -Clean Air Council
Plastic bags are a nagging problem around the world. Although they are recyclable, less than 10% end up in the recycling stream, and it’s an expensive endeavor. Sadly, the ones that end up in landfills do not get recycled and they are ingested by marine animals.
“When the small particles from photodegraded plastic bags get into the water, they are ingested by filter feeding marine animals. Biotoxins like PCBs that are in the particles are then passed up the food chain, including up to humans. The City of San Francisco determined that it costs 17 cents for them to handle each discarded bag.” –Kay Bushnell
It seems that eliminating the use of them altogether would be the most appropriate solution. That’s where Esse Reusable Bags started with two earth-friendly women who have a passion for the environment and a great sense of functionality. Esse - Everyday Solutions for Saving the Earth is the creation of not only a great line of reusable bags, but also ways to contain them neatly.
They sent me the Market Pak to try recently and I really loved it! It came with one Everyday Bag and two Produce Bags. The bags all roll up neatly to fit inside of a cute drawstring pouch which fit perfectly in my purse, and a carabiner to clip on a leash if I chose to use that instead. The Everyday Bag is a gorgeous shade of my favorite color, green. It’s made well, the fabric feels strong and its construction is sturdy. It has a great loop of elastic attached to it that holds the bag in a folded position when not in use. The size of it is roomy and fit as many groceries in it as two plastic bags. The Produce Bags have a drawstring closure, and can be used during shopping, rinsing and storage. They are also very well constructed and the mesh is strong. The held my produce expertly and kept it safe until I got home. Esse also sent me the Clip It Bag, which is a great size for carrying a few doggie essentials on a walk, small cosmetic or drug store purchases, movies, lunches, wine and more. This bag is made from the same material as the Everyday bag, and is strong and durable. Great for carrying a few snacks and a water on a longer walk, or clipping folded to the leash for items collected along the way (eh-herm...poop bag, anyone?).
This is a great company that works with a non-profit organization called Rebuild Resources, “that provides work and guidance to individuals trying to turn their life around after years of addiction and abuse. Rebuild "builds" our bags by adding custom fabric and printing and together we are working on a recycling program that turns well-used reusable bags into fabulous rugs.” Check them out! For exclusive offers and new products, make sure to “like” their page on Facebook, and “follow” them on Pinterest and Twitter.