You go into a grocery store and the bag you choose is a political statement. Are you one of the millions in America who opts for plastic? Paper? Or do you bring your own?

Obviously, I’m in camp bring your own bag. And there are countless articles you can read online for the use of reusable canvas totes, there are also plentiful against it. I’m prone to believe anyone who lauds plastic bags doesn’t fully understand their impact.

Plastic bags will be on this planet forever. They don’t biodegrade. They simply degrade into smaller little pieces, sometimes even microscopic, that then end up being eaten by animals, and eventually enter our bodies as well.

So, in my opinion plastic should never be the answer.

Yes – their carbon footprint is technically lower than that of the paper bag or of the canvas bag. A canvas bag needs to be used 327 times to make up for it’s initial carbon imprint.

That’s where the story of this bag comes in.

This bag is about 25 years old and it has been in use during that 25 long years. It’s made up for it’s carbon footprint over 4 times already. It has seen it’s owners children graduate high school and college, and get their first jobs… and their second ones.

It has never once been an eyesore, sadly decorating a branch of a tree on a crisp autumn day. It has never once been mistaken for food by a turtle.

One day, it will break, or maybe even get lost, it will outgrow it’s use cycle. And when that day comes, this bag will biodegrade to again become a natural part of our earth.

It’s not the tote bag that needs to change, it’s the consumption around it. We live in a society where we have been trained to throw something away – as soon as we are sick of it, or see something more aesthetically pleasing, or once something tears (that can easily be mended).

For the sake of our planet – I urge people to take a stand, to say “no” to the single use plastics so readily available at the grocery store. To buy a few reusable totes and USE them, keep them, give them the story they deserve.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)