Why should I reuse paper grocery bags?

Why should I reuse paper grocery bags?

Feb 10, 2022

Good for the environmental

Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and emit oxygen when they grow. Furthermore, as a wood product, paper continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime. This carbon sequestration time is extended when we recycle the paper. Thus, paper bags are effective against climate change.

When paper bags break down, they don’t leach chemicals like plastic bags.

Biodegrades in 2 to 6 weeks

Paper bags are made from a renewable resource and are biodegradable. In the U.S., over 10 billion paper bags are consumed each year, requiring the felling of 14 million trees.

Paper bags, with their biodegradable materials and recyclable disposal, are often considered to be the environmentally friendly choice when compared with their plastic counterparts.

Use them for compost

Collect kitchen scraps and other compost items in a paper bag and then when it's time to compost, dump out the food scraps and then tear up the bag to go directly into the compost pile. Use it as a recycling container.


The paper industry (and the paper recycling industry) creates lots of jobs for men and women around the world. Which is great for the economy worldwide. When paper is recycled, it saves a lot of trees that will not have to be cut down.

Renewable Resource

The pulp used to make paper grocery bags comes from quick growing trees that can be replanted to produce more pulp.