Can Green Shopping Bag Be Recycled?
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
Yep they can be recycled. They're made of a plastic called polypropylene, and once they're worn out, they can be recycled.
The polypropylene the green bags are made of can be recycled, but the stitching that holds them together can't. So before any green bag is recycled all those stitches have to be unpicked and separated from the plastic. It's very labour intensive, and unless you're paying very low wages you can't hope to turn a profit from the recycled product. That's why we don't usually see this kinds of bag be recycled. The main reason why this kind of bag eco-friendly is because it can be use several times, or reuseable.
So green bags save on landfill, energy and material - but only if you use them a couple of hundred times and then drop them off for recycling. And because they look less like jellyfish we shouldn't see too many turtles choking on the ones that make it into the wild.
Just try not to build up a bigger collection of them than you can use in one shopping lifetime.