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Plastic Bag Alternatives
There are plenty of ways we can ‘reduce our use” of plastic bags.

Test your knowledge
Use the following words to complete the sentences below about the important advantages for using alternatives to plastic bags.

polypropylene, corn starch, Cotton, compost heap, remember, energy, 1 year, recycled degradable, compostible, 2-3 years, water, reuse, more, 50%

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Alternatives to plastic

The green bag is made from …………………………………….. fibres and carry more shopping than plastic bags, so you use less. They are sturdy and designed to be reused repeatedly. They have a lifespan of ……………………………………………………….. and could be recycled if the demand was there. But don't throw these away - they won't disappear from landfill in a hurry and would float around for around six months in a marine environment.

Calico bags are made from ………………………………. They can be reused and will hold ………………………….. shopping than a plastic bag. The expected life span of a calico bag is …………………………………

Biodegradable corn starch products are made from………………………………….which is a renewable resource (made from corn) .It is…………………………………… biodegradable and non-toxic. The corn starch products degrade where bacteria is present eg…………………………………………….., the soil, landfill, sea or river or sewage treatment plant and when they decompose they leave CO2 and …………………………………….. The range of products available in bio degradable material include singlet bags, shopping bags, garbage bags and dog poo bags.

Paper bags take more energy to manufacture than plastic bags and can’t be reused as often. Paper bags can however, be…………………………….in household kerbside recycling facilities and they are more …………………………………….than plastic if they end up in landfill. Paper bags are mostly manufactured locally. Some Australian paper bags contain up to ………………..recycled content.

Reuse of bags
If you do acquire plastic bags………….them time and time again on your shopping trips. Keep a supply in the car, attached near your bike so you …………………………………..to use them.
“Lets change the way we do our shopping for the future”

 
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