How many times can you reuse a reusable shopping bag?

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You can expect a high-quality reusable tote bag to last for at least one year (in the context of daily use, carrying heavier grocery items). A tote bag may also last significantly longer if used cautiously, for lighter weighing goods.

A high-quality reusable mesh produce bag should also last for around one year, provided it is properly maintained – it’s relatively easy to keep your reusable produce bags clean.

Eco friendly produce bags come in various material types, including:

– Cotton / mesh / tote bags

– Polypropylene bags (green bags found at supermarkets)

– Paper bags

Measuring the climate change impact of eco reusable bags in comparison to single use plastic bags

A study conducted by researchers in the UK measuring the climate change impact of eco reusable bags in comparison to single use plastic bags revealed that:

– Cotton bags should be used at least 131 times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

– Polyethylene bags should be used at least four times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

– Paper bags should be used at least three times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

Another study carried out by Danish researchers in 2018 revealed that:

– Cotton bags should be used at least 7,100 times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

Polypropylene bags should be used at least 37 times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

Paper bags should be used at least 43 times in order to justify environmental sustainability in comparison to single use plastic bags.

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