“Would you like a bag for life?”
Bags For Life. We see them in almost every shop, in every size and every colour imaginable. But are they worth it? Are these bags really any better than their 5p counterparts? It’s time to find out.
Today, we're going to show you why a Bag For Life is the best thing you can invest in.
1. They’re an investment
Buying a Bag For Life is like investing in a good, quality Winter coat - it will serve you much better than a cheap one. Unlike plastic bags, which strain under a carton of orange juice, a Bag For Life will be able to carry all the bottles for your biggest party of the year without any problem.
Not only will this save you the embarrassment of dropping your wares in the street, but also reduce the need to buy a replacement and subsequently have less impact on the environment.
2. Bags For Life save on plastic
We all know plastic bags aren’t good for the environment, but do we realise to what extent? Although picking up a plastic bag at the checkout is a flippant decision, their consequences last (more) than a lifetime - a plastic bag requires 400 to 1,000 years to completely break down in the environment.
During this time, they photodegrade, becoming smaller but no less toxic over time. These smaller particles often lead to soil and waterway contamination and are easily mistaken for food by animals. Plastic bags alone are responsible for over 100,000 sea turtle deaths a year.
Buying a Bag For Life removes the need for temporary plastic bags, and reduces the devastating impact on the environment – every time you use one you could be saving a sea turtle - imagine that!
3. You never know when you might need one
Until the 5p levy was introduced, it was easy to be unaware of how many plastic bags we used. Whether it's a jumper you can’t resist, or remembering you need to pick some groceries up on the way home, it’s surprising how many times a week we need bags.
Finding yourself without one can be frustrating, especially when you know there’s a surplus of them lying around at home.
The answer? A Bag For Life. Fold one up in your main bag, and you’ll always be prepared, no matter what shops you happens to unintentionally find yourself in.
4. Bage For Life reduce litter
57% of Britains think litter is a problem in their area, and the UK’s litter problem costs taxpayers an astonishing £1 billion each year.
Plastic bags contribute heavily to the litter problem, evidence of which can be seen on the UK’s coastlines. Over 50% of litter found on UK beaches in 2008 was plastic litter, an increase of more than 120% since 1994.
Since the 5p charge for bags was introduced in October 2015, plastic bag usage has seen an 85% decrease, whilst the purchasing of Bags For Life has increased dramatically – more than 9 in 10 people now take their own bag when shopping.
5. They look nice!
Bags For Life are no longer just a functional item, they’re a fashionable one too. There are loads of gorgeous Bags For Life on the market to choose from, in all different colours, patterns and styles.
There are big Bags For Life, small Bags For Life, bags For Life that have handbag hooks, collapsible Bags For Life - there is a Bag For Life for everyone, so there really is no excuse not to have one.
Start making a Bag For Life an integral part of your outfits today and you’ll not only get a cool new accessory but be doing the environment a whole lot of good too.
What's your favourite thing about Bags For Life? Let us know in the comments below!