Q: Why should I use reusable bags rather than recycle the paper and plastic bags?
A: Firstly, only 1% of all bags brought home get recycled. It has been estimated that an average family in the United States uses 1,460 bags in a year, so 99% of them end up in landfills where they will sit for up to 1000 years! Secondly, it takes 12 BILLION barrels of oil (a NON-renewable resource) to produce the plastic bags that the U.S. consumes annually; the process of producing plastic bags creates a tremendous amount of pollution. Thirdly, Sacs of Life has made reusable bag “systems”, they are stylish, convenient, and PVC-free, it’s easy to eliminate plastic with Sacs of Life!
Q: What is PVC and why does it matter that Sacs of life is PVC-free?
A: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a chemical used to make plastic bags. It’s destructive toxic life begins with manufacturing, continues during product use, and then creates devastating pollution problems when it is disposed. Sacs of Life has created a bag line that is made of 100% polyester. Our materials are durable, safe for food products, safer to recycle, and they look great too!
Q: Isn’t it costly to buy reusable bags?
A: The answer to this question is relative. It is true that buying reusable bags is an investment- but it is one that quickly pays off. It costs retailers an estimated $4 BILLION dollars a year to buy plastic bags, that cost is passed on to consumers in higher prices. In addition, as laws are quickly changing, many retailers (in Seattle for example) are imposing a bag tax to consumers who choose to use plastic bags in their stores. If you use 12 plastic bags upon checkout at a grocery store in Seattle, you will be charged an additional $2.40! Average that cost over a year, and our bag systems more than pay for themselves. In additional to the savings, you can feel good that Sacs of Life has helped you do your part to create a plastic-free lifestyle.