As we approach Earth Day on 22nd of April 2017 we recognise that the planet we live on is no longer what it used to be. With all the misuse of its resources by mankind and the effects on the climate, Earth has undergone a drastic change in a short period of time.
The increasing use of cotton bags and eco-bags in general has been a revolution of a kind in recent years. Although it has a long way to go until we eradicate plastic bags altogether the amount in circulation has reduced drastically. We here at Cottonbag.co.uk are doing our utmost to promote re-usability & sustainability.
Earth Day 2017
“Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.” – excerpt from the Earth Day website.
This shows a large movement of people wanting to move towards better sustainable resources. People that do not want the use of resources to be too taxing to our planet Earth and do not only want to reduce the effects of climate change but to stop them completely.
Cotton Bags – Sustainable And Reusable
With regards to carbon footprint effectiveness, according to the UK Environment Agency: “Polyethylene bags need to be used four times, a polypropylene bag must be used at least 11 times and a cotton bag must be used at least 131 times”.
Although this may be the case it is important to think about disposal. Cotton is a material that can be easily disposed off, unlike plastic. Plastic bags that are buried in landfills can take up to 1000 years to decompose. During this time they undergo a process called photo-degradation which is breaking down of an item through the absorption of sunlight, thus contaminating soil and water.
In the ocean plastic sinks to the bottom where it will never biodegrade. Floating plastic usually gets mistaken for food by marine life and ingesting it can cause sickness or untimely deaths in these animals. Other wildlife may get tangled up in the loose plastic and drown. Cotton bags on the other hand can be disposed off quite easily and don’t take long to degrade. Thus not harming any wildlife and the environment in general.
Here at Cottonbag.co.uk we believe in a sustainable Earth. Our cotton bags are sustainable and reusable.
Empowering With Knowledge
Even though there is now an increase in the use of cotton bags after government policy change on plastic bags there is still a long way to go to ward off plastic bags completely. Many countries around the world have banned the use of plastic bags altogether. This works in favour of cotton bags and other sustainable bags for life.
As we move towards Earth Day 2017 the use of cotton bags can be promoted to a global citizenry. Fluent in concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet, they can inspire action in defence of environmental protection through empowering with knowledge.