Tote bag, a real abuse ?

A bag to be handled for the environment

The tote bags are now an integral part of our daily life. Indeed, these fabric bags offer an incredible versatility in terms of uses and utilities. They can be used for: shopping, classes, sports or many other options.

Moreover, they are very easy to carry and therefore, easy to slip into the usual one so that we can use it when we decide spontaneously to do food shopping or shopping.


Against the plague of plastic

Originally, these objects allow to fight against the abusive and often unique use of plastic bags which are still too widespread nowadays. These bags represent a real disaster for the environment.

Indeed, they are made with oil, a resource that is becoming increasingly rare. And the irony is that their life span among users is very limited since they are not known to be very resistant, but on top of that, their decomposition can last hundreds of years.

Nevertheless, since its appearance in 1965, the plastic bag has quickly gained in popularity and has invaded the retail world. Every retailer started to offer their own bag with their own logo. The plastic bag was then so widespread that the question did not even arise when shopping.

It is only gradually that we realized that they are bad for the planet. In the last few years, plastic bags have invaded the oceans and the public space of certain countries such as India, which will ban their use in 2002.

This observation leads to the consideration of alternatives to plastic bags that seem so indispensable in everyday life…


Tote bags to the rescue … but not without conditions

This is where the tote bag comes into play, allowing us to fight against the scourge of plastic. This fabric bag had been relegated to the last rank in front of the appearance of those made of oil, but they have become popular over the years and many stores now offer their own fabric bag with the image of their brand.

The younger generations have totally appropriated this one, because it can be very useful in everyday life.

Nevertheless, as for everything, given that we live in a capitalist society, abuses appear.

Indeed, the production of a tote bag involves more materials, water and pesticides than a plastic bag. Thus, the challenge of the tote bag lies in its use, which must be far superior to that of its plastic cousin.


To reduce their ecological impact, a cloth bag would have to be used a hundred times for it to be of any real use from an environmental point of view.

In fact, according to Brut, a tote bag would have to be used between 52 and 131 times or up to 7,100 times when we analyze all factors.

It becomes complicated to use a tote bag that many times when we have too many of them.

Some cloth bags end up being used for one purchase and then forgotten. This is totally logical, because it would be quite difficult to rotate all of our cloth bags in an eco-responsible way if we have about 20 of them. Therefore, even if they don’t end up in the oceans like plastic ones, they could be harmful if we don’t use them in the right way.


For an optimal use

One of the good reflexes would be not to accept all the tote bags that are offered to us, because many are used as marketing tools and only contribute to the accumulation of them.

Having one or two on us, at all times, when we go out can limit the breakage as we would be less tempted to buy another one in fabric when the need arises. Even if having a tote bag seems to be an eco-responsible gesture, it can quickly turn out to be double-edged when its use is not optimal.


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