Paper Grocery Bags
We may think plastic bags are a better choice for the environment, but they often aren't. Made from non-renewable crude oil, plastic bags aren't biodegradable and it takes millions of barrels of oil to produce them every year (though, being lighter than paper, it takes less fuel to ship them). However, once they're made, it's nearly impossible to get rid of them. It can take as long as 400 years for one plastic bag to biodegrade. That's a long time for plastic bags to hang around creating pollution problems and creating dangerous situations for wildlife that swallow plastic particles, which can cause harm, choking, or death. So, the next time you're out shopping at the grocery store and the cashier asks if you want paper or plastic, choose paper.
Alternatives to plastic bags for storage come in all shapes and sizes, and that includes the ever-popular Mason jar. Storing food in glass jars has been a trend for many years (and something your grandparents probably did). And, it has several advantages over plastic bags. Jars can be recycled and they can be washed and reused indefinitely – a true money saver. Food stored in jars tastes fresher because the glass doesn't absorb odors from other foods in the fridge. They're also food safe, don't leak, and glass doesn't contain toxins.