Urges Americans to Just "Say No"…. to Paper and Plastic Shopping Bags

December 02, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Lil' Diva, an online retailer that sells its own funky handbag designs, is jumping on the "just say no to plastic bags" bandwagon and isn't ashamed to admit it. However, Lil' Diva is doing it in style. In this day and age of being "green", consumers should know just how much damage plastic bags cause to our environment.

According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. That's a lot of waste all for the sake of customer convenience! Unfortunately, this convenience has led Americans to become a "disposable society" and is a major contributing source of pollution to our environment.

And unfortunately, many Americans seem to be under the misguided impression that paper bags are the better choice.

But they're wrong.

According to, it takes more than 4 times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag. Also according to their site, paper bags generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags!

Who knew?

So what's the earth-friendly solution to this problem? Bring your own bag(s) when shopping. The good news is shoppers won't have to settle on those small and boring reusable grocery store totes any longer. There is now a fashionable way to become a responsible, eco-friendly shopper - the Lil' Diva Canvas Tote.

"We added the Canvas Tote to our collection this season to address the ongoing 'paper or plastic' dilemma shoppers are faced with on a daily basis," owner/designer Michelle Wood says. "Back in March, I read an article that San Francisco was going to be the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags, and it forced an awareness upon me that we all need to be a part of
the solution. I have since starting using canvas totes whenever and wherever I can in order to cut down on my own plastic bag usage. Every little bit counts."

Lil' Diva's new Canvas Tote is stylish as well as functional. It's made with natural-colored canvas material and black contrasting straps. Lil' Diva's Canvas Tote is much bigger than the reusable bags that are typically offered at local grocery stores so you won't need as many, and those savings add up. The Tote is also machine-washable making it extremely easy to keep it looking its best.

The Tote features a front pocket for more storage, and is splashed with Lil' Diva's inspirational message, "Helping to save our planet, one canvas bag at a time." These stylishly functional Canvas Totes aren't only easy on the eyes, they're easy on the wallet too as
they retail for only $27.00. They can be purchased through Lil' Diva's website at