We believe the manufacturing and consumption of single-use plastics is one of the biggest concerns facing our planet, but we know it can get super overwhelming when you realize how much plastic creeps into your daily life. Don’t fret. It’s not your fault, and it’s absolutely unavoidable. However, there are small changes you can make to have a big impact on the amount of plastic waste you’re producing. If you’re feeling like you don’t know where to start, we tell people to start with the big four: plastic bags, straws, single-use coffee cups, and water bottles. Today we’re focusing on one of the big four—the plastic bag.
Unfortunately, plastic bags are not biodegradable, and Americans dispose of more than 100 billion plastic bags every year. Only a small fraction of plastic bags are even recycled, and many end up polluting waterways. If they do end up in landfills, they take hundreds of years to break down into microplastics that further pollute our soil and water. Okay, now that we’ve sufficiently educated you on the plastic bag problem, we’re here to share our favorite plastic bag alternative—the Talking Out Of Turn (TOOT) Bag. Today, Friday, December 10, when you spend $30 you get one of these amazing bags for free!
Aside from being cute AF, the TOOT folds into a neat little pouch that you can literally take anywhere! We keep them in our car console, in our purse, and kid’s backpack, and they have so many uses (aside from the typical grocery run), which is why we’ve asked a few Koko employees to share how they use their TOOT bags:
“I love using TOOT bags as gift wrap. It’s a great alternative to wrapping paper, and acts as an additional gift.”—Kate
“I keep a TOOT hanging on the inside of a cabinet and when I empty a random container (hair mask, most recently, I throw it in! That way, I can just have all my bottles together when I need to get some fills. I also love them for my library/book store runs!” —Ariel
“When traveling, I use mine for a dirty laundry bag.” —Sydney
“I love to use my TOOT for ease of going to a laundromat. I keep my dryer balls with some white vinegar in the bag as well! I also like to use each design to 'color code' and organize my stuff! Flower power for produce, Far Out for frozen goods, and Golden Hour for all my thrifted stuff!” —Zoe
“I carry mine to markets and while I’m thrifting. I also send my kids’ blankets and clothes in them back-and-forth from daycare so they don’t use plastic bags.”—Adria
“I keep one next to my kitchen sink to throw dirty dish towels in. It’s like a little piece of decor!” —Cait
“I use my TOOT bag as a lunch box. I love how it holds my lunch, cloth napkin and silverware.”—Laura