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What’s the best alternative to a single-use plastic bag? It depends
Single-use plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past in Canada. But choosing the best alternative still isn’t necessarily an easy decision for consumers.
The challenge for eco-conscious shoppers is that alternatives to single-use plastic bags also leave an environmental footprint.
The number of times a reusable bag is used is one crucial factor in determining its environmental footprint, a 2020 study by the UN Environment Program found.
On the lower end, a paper bag needs to be used four to eight times to have less impact on the climate than a single-use plastic bag. Meanwhile, a cotton bag needs to be used 50 to 150 times to be…