“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a mantra that every Davis resident is probably familiar with.
We reuse our plastic bags maybe once more to hold trash or pet waste, or a handful of times to carry something around before throwing the bag away, but a truly reusable bag would be reusable at least a hundred times, if not more. And we recycle our plastic bags, but the recycling rate is less than 5 percent. We can no longer ignore the first and highest-ranking “R,” reduce. Let’s stop single-use bag waste at the source.
Reusable bags are the way to go. I keep at least one in my purse all the time and I throw the bags in the wash every now and then to keep them clean, but the reality is that they don’t have any more germs than the shopping cart I use in the store or my kitchen counter.
The plastics industry may be paying for reusable bag studies to scare us, but according to a top scientist for the Consumers Union, we get exposed to more germs eating a bag of salad greens than if we licked the inside of the dirtiest reusable bag found in one of those studies.