Plastic pollution is a situation that most countries face. However, is the use of eco-friendly cloth bags the most perfect way to protect the environment?

“White Pollution” – Sirens

“White pollution” is a keyword quite familiar with the current green living Z genes, which refers to the improper use of disposable plastic bags, which makes the environmental pollution worse and worse. The convenience of using disposable plastic bags has made people indirectly destroy the habitat not only of animals but also of people. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (2021), each year, Vietnam generates about 22 million tons of domestic solid waste, of which about 10% is plastic waste and this amount is increasing, especially during the pandemic. Covid is still raging. This problem is not only the concern of each Vietnam but also the whole world, who always have a “headache” about the treatment of plastic waste. Evidence shows that more and more researchers and businesses are implementing ideas about biodegradable bags containing natural materials and applying 4.0 waste treatment technologies in reducing waste. waste. So why can nylon “live” so long in the environment?

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There are many different types of raw materials used to produce nylon bags, but they are primarily made from polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plastic beads derived from petroleum, with some other chemicals “added” to create the plastic bags. Color, increased water resistance, moisture resistance and load-bearing capacity. Thus, according to The Guardian, plastic waste can be called “fossil” because its durability can beat other materials. Not only that, but plastic waste that cannot be completely broken down but only into smaller particles, called microplastics, is becoming a primary concern for environmental activists. Microplastic is almost everywhere on the planet, from water, to air, to the ground, to food, and even more recently, scientists have found it in human blood. Although people are increasingly aware of the harmful effects of nylon, they still choose to use it rather than replace other items because of its habit of use and high suitability.

Eco-friendly canvas bag – is it the best alternative?

Seizing on the world trend to reduce plastic emissions, the movement to use eco-friendly paper and cloth bags has become extremely prominent. If you have ever been a person who is “crazy” about green living and heard that using eco-friendly paper and cloth bags can reduce plastic emissions, you will definitely rush to the nearby store. Immediately buy a bag for yourself. Sometimes, you will even immediately throw away the regular plastic bags still in use at home. In almost everyone’s home today, there must be several eco-friendly canvas bags that are used by brands as gifts when you buy their products, even if you don’t buy them, right? However, do you know why plastic was invented?

Sten Gustaf Thulin Thulin – a Swedish engineer invented nylon bags to reduce deforestation in the production of paper and cloth bags because of the durability and reusability of nylon bags. However, people only apply the durability of nylon in use, but forget about reuse. Nylon bags were born to “save” paper and cloth bags, but also because the durability of nylon became an obsession in the world. However, just saying that using paper and cloth bags is environmentally friendly is not necessarily true. Have you ever thought that the use of “excessive” eco-friendly paper and cloth bags could become a new problem for the environment?


Use canvas bags to store items.

Using eco-friendly canvas bags in production is never a good idea. But if businesses are only trading for profit, or if you’re only buying because it’s pleasing to the eye and using according to a temporary “trend”, it must be that those canvas bags are no longer as good as their original purpose… A 2018 study by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food found that each used cloth bag needs to be reused up to 20,000 times to make up for the shortfall in the production process. This also means that you would need to use this cloth bag every day for 54 years in a row to make it truly fit the meaning of “eco-friendly”.

While these canvas bags are said to be readily biodegradable in the environment because it is made from natural textile fibers such as hemp (canvas bags) or polypropylene fibers that decompose in 5-7 years when buried in the ground (non-woven bags), this is not the case with the ink used to print the cloth bags. Almost, the ink used for printing on eco-friendly cloth bags is an ink from PVC, so it is extremely difficult to decompose and recycle. Therefore, we cannot turn these printed cloths into fertilizer. In addition, factories reuse these eco-friendly canvas bags by exchanging them for new ones, which also consumes a lot of fuel and energy. It can be said that this causes more serious environmental pollution, because factories are one of the places that emit the most greenhouse gases.

TOP5 The most reasonable way to use environmentally friendly nylon bags, paper bags and cloth bags

The situation of “cloth bag crisis” has been happening in our environment. Paper bags and cloth bags are somehow suddenly increasing in every household, just like the status of plastic bags before. Let’s see, whether it’s nylon bags or some paper or cloth bags, there are 6 most sensible ways to use them.

Refuse to use when you don’t really need to use

These eco-friendly canvas bags are designed with eye-catching color combinations that will really make it impossible for you to refuse to have it. But what you need to do is to stop and think about it for about 5 seconds, think about whether you really need it or not, and then decide whether to buy it or not.R One believes that when you think it through, your choice will be a no because you are a real green person. Also, when you come across your favorite brands that give away eco-friendly cloth bags with your purchase, apply the above methods and become a smarter shopper.