The Most Environmentally Friendly Bag
What is the most environmentally friendly bag available? Most people think about recycling to answer that question, but scientists look at the whole life cycle of a bag in order to get a fuller picture.
Scientists and governments have measured bag impacts taking into consideration materials, manufacturing, use, and disposal or recycling. When considering the whole life cycle, every study finds NWPP bags to be the number one recommended bag.
NWPP bags are most effective in reducing bag impacts on the environment because they combine three key advantages.
Very low resource use
Very low cost
Very high reuse rates.
More people are more likely to buy and use an NWPP bag than any other kind of bag. Bags that people don’t buy and don’t reuse much simply won’t reduce bag impacts by much.
Don’t take our word for it. Take a look at some of the studies and see for yourself. Here are easy links to third party studies showing the scientific advantages of NWPP bags.
“The preferred options in terms of global warming potential are the woven PP and NWPP shopping bag.” (Australian LCA assessment of different types of bags, p 38).
“Based on the information above, reusable bags made of polypropylene have the least environmental impact due to the reduced number of bags consumed in a year.” (LA County Overview, p. 39)
“Some of the reviewed LCAs indicate that use of the non-woven plastic reusable bags result in particularly large environmental benefits.” (Green Cities California, p. 2)
There are so many reusable bags to choose from, and all of them will reduce impacts on the planet just by reusing them. Still, study after study done by independent organizations say that NWPP bags are the best choice for the planet. Learn more about Life Cycle Assessments here and find a LCA chart comparing bag facts here.