There’s very few days left until the countrywide plastic paper bag ban is effected on the 28th of August 2017. Many are wondering what alternatives could replace plastic bags seeing as plastic paper bags are usually used to carry every single thing. It seems like plastic is all around us and it’ll be difficult to do without it. The good thing about the alternatives to plastic bags is that they can be re-used for years even as long as they get a good wash once in a while. It’s the right time to start getting used to using alternatives before the day comes – don’t get caught off-guard. The main affordable alternatives for plastic bags include:

  1. Jute Bags

Jute fibre comes from the stem and ribbon(outer skin of the jute plant. The fibres are first extracted by retting. Jute bags are eco-friendly. Jute is 100% bio-degradable and decomposable. Jute is cheap and cost-effective• Jute bags are recyclable and reusable. These are easy to carry especially small things that can also fit in your handbag or non-oily foodstuffs.

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2. Cloth bags 

Many countries like Ireland have made a leap towards using cloth bags.Cloth bags reduce the amount of waste you generate, which can ultimately end up in landfills. In addition, manufacture of cloth bags uses less energy, produces fewer greenhouse gases and uses less portable water.

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3. Kiondo

These are large and spacious and can also be fashionable if you get one that matches your outfit. They can be used for long and they’re perfect for carrying heavier items.

4. Tote Bags

Nothing wrong with walking around with the Nakumatt bag you purchased for your shopping, after all, you did buy it so it is yours. You don’t have to only use when you go shop at Nakumatt though, you can carry whatever you want in it without looking shady.

Hopefully soon enough non-labelled bags of the same kind will be available for purchase.

5. Recycled Paper bags

Paper is a renewable resource since it comes from trees.Paper Bags are 100% reusable. These are those bags you get when a friend gives you a gift. They’re pretty strong though not as strong as a canvas bag so it’s not a problem carrying light items in it. They’re also nice-looking. These are eco-friendly, recyclable, foldable and easy to store.

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6. Bagpacks

The ultimate campus bags so do not get rd of your bag just yet. These trendy bags useful for long periods of time, have alot of space and are safe for the environment.

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7. Wicker bags

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Wicker is hard woven fibre formed into rigid material, usually used for baskets or furniture.Wicker is often made of material of plant origin.Materials used can be any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane or whole thickness of plants as with willow switches.Other popular materials include reed and bamboo. Advantages of this is that the bags are strong and durable.

Any other bags that can be used in the place of plastic paper bags? Tell us below.