Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Reusable Bags

 ... are not always better for the environment. This article discusses different types and parameters.  Basically, the more you use something, the more eco-friendly it gets.

The most eco-friendly seems to be recycled plastic.  But they left out a critical point: microfiber pollution.  The more you use things, the more they break down.  As they wear out, they shed more and more bits until they finally rip enough that you need a new one.  If people are discouraged from using cotton, a natural and renewable material, due to its production footprint ... how much are we raising the microfiber pollution as more people use synthetic bags?
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