Plastic bags are undoubtedly some of the most notorious pollutants in our environment.

They take years to decompose, causing a serious build-up of garbage when mixed with the rest of the trash. With time they may seem to break down, but that is simply separating into smaller pieces which are even more destructive as they easily make their way into water bodies and can also be swallowed by animals. There are various ways that each one of us can help prevent these notorious plastic bags from ending up in the landfill. As a consumer, you pick up several bags in your daily shopping.

Here is a list of things that you can do to protect the environment:

Carry your own bags to the supermarket and grocery store. It makes little sense to leave a bundle of bags stacked in a drawer just to go and pick more on your shopping trip. If all of us reused our bags, we would reduce the number of bags being released into the landfill by a good margin. Even if you have left your bags in the car, carry your shopping in the trolley and pack it in the car.

Replace your plastic bags with cloth/sisal/paper bags. Cloth and sisal bags are more durable and can be used over a long period of time. They are also more decent to carry around. Though they may not be dished out for free like the plastic bags, purchasing some for yourself is a good investment.

Store your food in the refrigerator using containers instead of plastic bags. If you buy frozen food already in a plastic bag, you can rinse it and reuse in future.Avoid lining trash bins with plastic bags. The trash itself is meant to decompose eventually, so it beats logic to put it in a bag that is non-biodegradable.

Separate your household garbage and dispose each category accordingly. Food waste can be fed to animals or used in a compost pit to produce manure for your garden. Plastics are in turn dropped at a recycling plant. Rinse the plastics because recycle is only possible with clean plastics.

If you are running a business, some conservatory measures will go a long way in controlling the menace that is plastic bags.Eliminate plastic bags from your premises altogether and find alternative means of packaging.Charge a considerable fee for plastic bags so that customers can be keen to take care of them and reuse them on their next shopping trip.Allow bags from other outlets to be used. If every store allows bags from elsewhere to be brought, they will encourage reuse and end up reducing the overall numbers.

If your business produces a lot of food waste, donate to a community farm or garden where it can be utilized in making manure. This way you do not have to stack it into plastic bags for collection.

These simple steps will greatly reduce plastic waste that is dumped into the landfill. Rising garbage heaps will be tamed and our oceans will be cleaner. At the end of the day, the world will be a better place to live in.