Confidence in reusable bags was shaken slightly last year, when a couple of studies conducted on reusable bags found that some contain nasty bacteria and even heavy metals such as lead.
The first was conducted on behalf of the folks who make plastic bags and the other was conducted by the Center for Consumer Freedom, which works with the top plastics industry lobbying group in the United States.
Single-use plastic bags are also capable of carrying bacteria, but they’re disposable. They last one use, and are then tossed into the garbage worry-free… where they spend the rest of their days in a landfill or clogging up storm drains. If consumers try to do the right thing and reuse their single-use plastic bags, the bags can harbour bacteria and they cannot be properly cleaned. Lead can be a concern with cheaper products of any type, because it is used in paint pigments.
A new study conducted by Washington ecology officials recently looked at 31 different reusable bags for the presence of lead, only finding one with unsafe levels. The offending bag is no longer available to consumers. Finally, a study with the environment in mind and no political agenda is poking holes in the results of the previous flawed reusable bag studies.
IceGreen reusable bags are completely machine washable and should be washed about once per month if you’re using them to transport groceries for optimal food safety. And, IceGreen reusable bags are completely lead-free.
It looks like reusable bags are back on their way to earning a place in the hearts of consumers who want a convenient way to help the environment. But then again, we’ve always thought reusable bags were cool.
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