plastic bags

How Do We Carry Our Shopping Home Now? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this two-part series, we examined the environmental impacts of the humble lightweight plastic single-use shopping bag, and argued that simply banning them without providing a sustainable alternative is not a valid long-term solution: the large-scale use of many of the alternatives, such as non-woven polypropylene bags, would also cause environmental damage — in particular, due to the lack of sustainable production and disposal options. Here, in part 2, we’ll speculate on what properties the ideal shopping bag would have, and provide recommendations for shoppers when selecting new bags.