I drive Andy crazy sometimes with recycling. We try to use the reusable bags as much as possible, reuse any plastic bags, recycle any plastic bags we can't or won't reuse.
A few friends during a recent fire and friends night we hosted discussed our use of plastic bags. I remembered this article. It takes 1,000 uses to cancel out the energy/effort it took to make a reusable bag.
I look for ways to reuse, reduce, and recycle in my painting studio. I use the dried acrylic paint to make new work (see my Goofy Cats here). I reuse plastic jars for paint water. I use old towels for rags. I use laminating film "waste" for stencils and sketchbook covers and Red Lucky Cat art drops. Scraps of paper go into a collage pile. Boxes are painted over and used to ship. You get the idea, lol.
If I use a bag daily, it would take almost 3 years. Hmmm. I have only one bag I can think has earned its existence, lol! It's a pink backpack I take to my job that I only remember it was $20 on sale and bought years ago. Can you think of a bag that belongs to you that's maybe used 1,000 times or more? Like to read more? Here's the link: Are Reusable Bags Really Better for the Planet?
Photo is of two paint water jars I used in my studio for almost 15 years! They are now in the recycle process as they had the "3" tag on them, lol! They fell and finally broke and cracked in December, 2018. I'm sad they are gone - but I am using my saved back ups, lol!
Smiles, with paint on my hands,