One hot product today is the reusable shopping bag. Currently the most popular accessory sold in the US, these bags are just gaining regular use in the US, with the west coast and northeast leading the way. While most shoppers use the bags to help save 1000 plastic bags from the landfill each year, many have switched due to municipal bans or taxes on plastic bags. As more and more towns and cities try to solve the plastic bag dilemma, reusable shopping and grocery bags sales will continue to grow. This growth in reusable bags makes selling these bags an ideal fundraiser.
Not only is the group making money to fund projects, but they are helping the environment at the same time. Currently, less than 2% of plastic bags are being recycled, so almost 100 billion plastic bags make there way to our landfills or pollute our environment. When littered, it has been estimated that over a million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are injured or killed by the bags.
When looking for a reusable shopping bag for a fundraiser, it is recommended that the group chooses a bag which folds into a self-storing pocket. These work best for consumers because they can store the bags in a purse or pocket so they don’t have to worry about leaving the bags in the car, which is the biggest problem reusable bag adaptation. It is also good to choose a bag that is easy to clean. Some bags can be imprinted with the group logo or event name.
Whenever possible, try to locate a bag that is truly recyclable. The common inexpensive nonwoven polypropylene bags (which looks like a waxy fabric) that are sold in many supermarkets are resin code 5, which few municipalities recycle, so they are not the best environmental choice. A better bet is a PET bag with resin code 1.
Reusable shopping bags make an excellent eco-friendly way for groups to raise money during these tough times.