Plastic shopping bags

Plastic shopping bags seem to be everywhere we look.  Not only are they waiting to be used inside stores, they seem to have a way of ending up outside of stores too. Plastic bags are so prevalent that states are now legislating their usage. For example;

  • California recently became the first state to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores. Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the bill is an aimed at reducing waste in waterways and streets.
  • Soon, those in Dallas will have to pay 5 cents per plastic bag, and the motion is being met with some resistance. Nevertheless, this movement shows other states are starting to follow in California’s pioneering footsteps.

What should consumers use instead of plastic bags? What could be just as convenient an option?

‘Intelligently eco-friendly, from start to finish’

Stumbling upon a super absorbent, durable and biodegradable fabric while in China, Eric Grossman came up with his bright idea – an ideas that would become RagBags.

These bags are first reusable as shopping bags, but they have a second life beyond this first commercial purpose. The RagBag can be used simply, as the name suggests, as a rag. The multitude of options for this re-purposing stage is as numerous as the uses for a normal cloth rag.

Anything that a normal rag would be used for, a RagBag could serve just as well.  Spilled milk on your kitchen floor?  No need to cry – Ragbags have it covered. In fact, Ragbags are considered to be eight times more absorbent than a typical paper towel. RagBags would be a great way to reduce paper towel waste!

As soon as the RagBag has run its course and is no longer of use to its owner, it can be tossed out back into the eco-friendly landing zone, your compost pile.  Ragbags are even made right here in the U.S.

Ragbags are just one potential solution and alternative to plastic bags.

What are your thoughts on the plastic bag debate? Would you use a RagBag? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

Feature image courtesy of Frank Gruber 

By Tori Wilson

Victoria (Tori) Wilson currently works at her home state's EPA. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering. Tori’s favorite activities include volleyball, 3D puzzles, reading, journaling, trying out new plant based whole food dish ideas, coloring, watching comedy or action movies, and hiking. She just welcomed a new puppy into her life as well!