Don't worry. I still intend to fix it. Mending something is still better than replacing it. So I made this:
Now, as I understand it, nylon never truly biodegrades. The particles just break apart becoming smaller and smaller chunks of the polymer. So even though it appears to have disappeared to us, the tiny pieces are still floating around and polluting the world.
This bag is also nylon, but I like it because it is an upcycled flag. In this case, one of the ones that hangs from the streetlights. Rather than just tossing out the old flag, they decided to turn it into something useful and give them away. And it's pretty. :)
I read an article once that stated it takes 26 uses of a reusable travel mug to actually start making up for the production compared to the production of the "disposable" cups. I would imagine that it would be similar in the case of bags.
So let's look at my usage. I would say that I use a reusable bag at least 3-4 times a week. (That is seperate occasions, not 3-4 bags used at once.) that's one bag used 3.5 times a week, 182 times a year and having has this bag for just over three years, an estimated 574 uses in its lifetime so far. Minus 26 to accommodate for the production and that is 548 "disposable" plastic bags worth of pollution and garbage reduced by this bag. Again, so far as I do still intend to mend and keep using the bag.
Not too shabby. Now, if I can reduce that footprint even further by using a material that will go back to the earth at the end of its lifetime, that would make me a very happy girl.
On a side note. I intend to make more of these bags (I have made one more already.) and have them available to buy on etsy. There aren't any bags posted yet, but keep your eye out at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Flouster for these and other creations by me.