Paper Bag Day:
Did you know that there is a paper bag day as well? This day is celebrated on July 12 every year!
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Why Paper Bag Day?
A day to celebrate the humble paper bag that is always ready to carry groceries, clothes, coffee etc. Paper bags are a noble invention and a step towards making the globe greener.
We all know plastic is non-degradable, and it is accumulating in a massive amount in oceans, earth’s crust and even its microparticles are present in the atmosphere.
On Paper Bag Day, this noble invention reaches every household. Because of this, the family gets educated about how impactful one paper bag can be. However, they can be a little more expensive than the plastic ones, way cheaper than the cost we might pay in the future if we continue using plastic bags.
So this day is to feel grateful for paper bags and make a few if you don’t have any.
Somewhat a day for the environment as it promotes usage of recyclable materials like paper bags: paper bags, maybe mediocre but indeed a life savior for us. A paper bag helps you save the globe by reducing the usage of plastic bags.
Awareness about how usage of plastic bags can be harmful and paper bags are an alternative to it. Water levels are rising, and earthquakes, cyclones and landslides causing immense damage are all signs that nature needs help.
Paper Bag Day is celebrated to appreciate this invention which has now been used on a massive scale. This not only saves our environment but also helps us to look fashionable.
Why go plastic-free?
The usage of paper bags is eco-friendly. Packaging is considered classy, and several luxury brands use such bags. Paper bags can be designed and decorated in creative ways. These bags can be composted easily.
Considered practical and easier to handle. Less energy is consumed in paper bag production. They are 100% degradable and safe for pets. These bags can withstand pressure and fit up to 10-14 items per bag.
Why shouldn’t we use paper bags?
A super sustainable product, yet, it withholds a few inconveniences.
- One cannot store freezing or oily containers as it can tear the paper and of which things can fall off due to their porosity.
- It cannot carry anything heavy as the material is weak.
It’s high time that paper usage is kept only till Paper Bag Day. A slight change can make a more significant impact on the environment and help save the globe.
Plastic is dangerous for life on land, air and water. Plenty of videos in which it is shown that animals’ nostrils get blocked by plastic straws or polythene bags getting stuck in the foot of animals.
How Can We Celebrate Paper Bag Day?
Wherever you are going shopping, always use paper bags and ditch the plastic bags. One can make paper bags out of newspapers or any chart paper you find around.
You can also celebrate by decorating the paper bags with beads, drawings, doodles, etc or donating or selling paper bags to local shops.. What about posting pictures and posts about it? use hashtag #paperBagDay to post!
Spreading awareness via pluck parts, reels, short videos etc. This day is very important, you can take steps and lead the world or you can also host workshops for making paper bags.
Interesting facts about Paper Bag Day:
Some facts about plastic and paper that everyone should know!
Plastic can remain in the earth’s crust for years and eventually accumulate in the earth. Therefore, plastic is a real problem and a significant threat. Alternatives to plastic are being discovered continuously, but the ideas lack execution.
- Paper can form a good compost
- It can hold up to 10-40 firm and sturdy items
- Easily degradable.
History of Paper Bag Day:
The origin of this day is obscure!
Inventor of paper bags
The inventor of paper bags was an American man named Francis Wolle. He was the first man who established a machine which printed paper bags.
In 1871, Margaret E. Knight made another machine to give a bottom to the bag. She became famous for this and was known as ‘the mother of the grocery bag’.
Square bottoms made the bag even easier and increased its versatility. The square-bottom idea came into existence in 1883 by Charles Stilwell.
Over the years, several people contributed to the betterment of paper bags. For example, some people made bags out of different varieties of paper and reused the paper bags in creative ways, which revolutionized recycling.