The average lifespan of a plastic bag is just twelve minutes. After one use, the bag will cause more long-lasting harm than the short-lived convenience it provides. That is why New York has recently announced plans to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags, joining California and Hawaii in efforts to cut down on harmful waste.

Non-biodegradable bags have recently been the attention of many environmental campaigns. Plastic bags are often disposed of irresponsibly after a short use, creating litter that contaminates the natural ecosystem and threatens wildlife. This issue is worsened when millions of bags build up in water and sewage systems, causing expensive damage to infrastructure that could be easily avoided.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to the future of the country, stating that lawmakers have an obligation to protect the natural resources for the next generations. Cuomo also designed this deal to include an optional 5-cent fee on paper bags. Set to take effect March 2020, this plan will allow a period of adaptation for consumers to get used to reusable bags. Even though paper bags are usually considered more environmentally-friendly than plastic bags, their practical lifespans are still fractions of that of a reusable bag.

This unique opt-in clause is meant to raise consumer awareness that a reusable bag is the best option. The resource-intensive process of producing cycle after cycle of single-use bags can be cut down by using reusable bags. This draws out the period between production cycles, reducing the raw materials needed and lowering the carbon footprint. It is an easy lifestyle change to make, and a very important one to keep in mind before the next trip to the grocery store.

Repurpose has a solution to replacing household plastic bags with compostable bags, when reusable ones are not an option. Due to the plant-based makeup of our bags, you are already reducing your carbon footprint just by choosing them over traditional petroleum-based plastic bags. The manufacturing process is much less pollutive, resulting in a crucial minimization of greenhouse gas emissions. Our bags are perfectly catered to household use and can be bought in 3 gallon and 13 gallon sizes.