Cloth bags are a sustainable option in addition to our regular plastic bags, whether you are looking to offer them at your grocery or specialty store. There is a large range of reusable bag offerings on the market. Reusable bags are thick, heavy, and durable; they are constructed in a method to provide a longer shelf life. Often, reusable bags are made with more than one material which not only affords the bag strength and durability but also an attractive overall appearance. Cloth bags are helpful in reducing pollution and creating positive environmental impact. Consumers often bring reusable bags when they shop to do their part in preserving natural resources, but the bag must be reused repeatedly to be beneficial to the environment.
There is a growing sustainability movement where stores encourage their customers to purchase and bring their own reusable bags to carry their products. While these bags cost more up front, there are many benefits associated with cloth bags particularly when it comes to easing pollution and other effects on the environment. Although cloth bags provide a sustainable option to consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint, it is important to remember that cloth bags are currently not being recycled in Canada. This is because each bag is made from multiple and different fibers, which complicates the recycling process. Recycling cloth bags is also a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive process. While cloth bags provide consumers with a sustainable option when it comes to purchasing, these bags will inevitably end up in a landfill at the end of their shelf life.
Some of the reasons companies and consumers are turning to reusable bags are because they are believed to conserve natural resources. Less environmental energy is expended to construct these bags. The manufacturing process of cloth bags decreases possibilities of environmental pollution. Reusable bags also provide consumers with strength and durability, as the bag is less likely to tear, puncture, or leak. Finally, consumers can save their money by bringing their reusable bags in when they shop as well as repurpose the bag for other functions.
Reusable bags are named as such because they are reusable. But even the conventional low-density polyethylene bag (LDPE) bag is reusable and recyclable. Though the manufacturing process of cloth bags uses less environmental energy than the traditional plastic bag, the life cycle of cloth bags will eventually require more natural resources to construct and as a result, have more of an environmental impact than the traditional plastic bag. For cotton or canvas bags to match the environmental efficacy of the plastic bag, it would have to be reused hundreds of times. While cotton is a renewable material, cotton production is very resource intensive and is harder on the environment due to heavy water use and pesticides as well as the energy and fertilizers that are required to grow, harvest, and process cotton.
Consumers are often seeking sustainable options when it comes to shopping. Toronto Stretch Wrap and Danshar Polybag and Resin Inc. is pleased to offer a cloth bag option to companies looking to offer reusable bags at their grocery or specialty stores. Contact us today for a quote. Please note we sell skid quantities only.