BYOB doesn’t only mean “bring your own bottle”, it can also mean “bring your own bag”, and here’s why.
Almost all grocery stores in Kuwait, no matter how big or small, offer you free plastic bags, even though they shouldn’t. As you know, plastic bags are not too great for the environment, so here are 5 reasons you should BYOB.
It’s better for the environment
Plastic bags end up everywhere, from landfills to oceans to the middle of the street, floating around for no necessary reason, and we should prevent that! Plastic bags we use in our everyday lives take from 10 to 1000 years to decompose in landfills, or even worse, end up in some poor animal’s stomach killing it. Thousands of square kilometers of land get covered in waste including plastic bags each year, and over 100,000 marine animals die because of plastic bags each year. If you’re not convinced about the other reasons to BYOB, this reason alone is enough.
2. Easy activism
If you choose totes with a message, you can be a walking billboard for your cause, like stopping marine pollution or reducing plastic bag usage.
3. Sturdy transport for precious cargo
It’s obvious that a canvas tote or paper bag is sturdier than the lousy plastic ones they give you at the store, and can carry way more than a plastic bag. Besides, you’ll also be making sure your jar of organic marmalade doesn’t end up on the parking lot because of some flimsy plastic bag.
4. Keep the clutter down
Back when I used to use plastic bags, I always tended to have this storage dilemma for them. They would pile up under my sink or in the pantry and would sort of squeeze out onto the floor when the storage bin became too full. Using reusable paper or canvas totes would help cut that down.
5. Shop in style
Apart from all the other reasons to BYOB, there’s no denying that a cute canvas tote looks way better than a horrible plastic bag!
If you’re planning on switching to reusable bags, don’t throw the plastic ones out! You can always recycle them in many ways. Stay tuned for our next post on ways to recycle plastic bags!