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3 Simple Replacements for Single-Use Plastics

18th April, 2019

What are single-use plastics?

Single-use plastics are a disposable form of plastic that is used only once before it is thrown away. Common examples of this include plastic bags, bottles, packaging, straws, cups, and much more.

Whilst there has been an influx of biodegradable plastic which is made from natural substances and designed to break down in an ideal environment. Biodegradable plastics will end up landfill eventually, just like their plastic counterparts. Unfortunately, landfills aren’t the ideal environment for anything to break down. This is because of their lack of oxygen and sunlight. For this reason ‘biodegradable’ plastic, doesn’t actually break down any faster than actual plastic.

The best thing your can do is to seek alternatives to plastics and single use packaging all together. To do this you can use a variety of bags that are all eco-friendly and able to use a huge amount of times. To find out which ones you can use and for what, keep on reading.

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  1. Drawstring Bags

Drawstring bags are very useful for purchasing loose fruit and vegetables in. If you can find a store that sells loose fruit and vegetables in your area, shopping here can help reduce the amount of single use plastics you are using. As well as this, this produce is often grown much more locally and will have travelled a shorter distance to get there, making it friendly to the environment in more ways than one.

Drawstring bags are also useful for many other things, such as storing toys or as an everyday bag.

  1. Canvas Tote Bags

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Canvas tote bags are extremely durable and long-lasting. They are made from woven cotton which makes them much stronger than regular cotton bags. For this reason you can use them for a variety of different purposes, including the following:

  • Shopping Bags
  • Beach Bags
  • Gift Bags
  • Gym Bags
  • Nappy Bags
  • Much More..
  1. Wax Wraps

Alongside plastic bags and packaging, there are many other single use plastic items that could be avoided. One of the big culprits is cling film, which is often only used briefly to wrap sandwiches and to keep food from going off.

A great alternative to cling film is wax wraps. These are made from pieces of fabric (cotton is best) and then covered in a mixture of waxes to act as a waterproof and sticky layer.

There are many different recipes circulating the internet if you would like to make your own. Alternatively you can buy pre-made wax wraps both online and in stores all over the country.


Start an eco-friendly business

If you are looking for a new business idea, why not design some eco-friendly reusable bags and create a brand that encourages people to switch to your bags instead of buying plastic bags and food in packaging.

At Cotton Bag Co, we do both wholesale and custom printed bags. We can also do bespoke custom bags that are made to suit you. If you’d like to discuss your ideas, get in touch with us today.


Cutting down on your single-use plastic doesn’t need to be hard or expensive. Gradually reducing the amount that you purchase and throw away can help make a difference. If you begin with these 3 simple steps, you’ll already be doing a lot more than many people. If you encourage people to do the same, you can seriously make a difference.



We hold a large stock of cotton bags in the UK which can be screen printed or for more complex full colour artwork heat transfer printed.

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