Using natural reusable cotton grocery bags instead of plastic or paper grocery bags helps to protect the environment.
Plastic bags are rarely sturdy enough to reuse more than a few times – they stretch and tear too easily.
Petroleum, dyes, plasticisers, and other toxic chemicals are used to produce plastic bags. In many parts of the world, not many plastic grocery bags are recycled. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it photo-degrades, so it slowly breaks into small pieces. It can take up to 1000 years for degradation to complete. In the meantime, toxic substances in the plastic leach into the environment.