Look for more mulitple-use plastic bags

The single-use plastic bag could be an endangered shopping species.

The thin plastic bag with handles — known in the industry as the T-shirt bag — is under pressure from municipal bag bans and a growing number of retailers who are encouraging shoppers to BYOB — bring your own bag.

A new industry has sprung up that’s churning out reusable tote bags made from recycled water bottles and other more eco-friendly materials, and is poised to profit from the passing of the traditional plastic bag.

“Plastic bags are quickly going the way of extinction,” said Dan Sabbah, president of Global Design Concepts. His handbag and tote bag company makes tote bags from recycled water bottles.

In April, Global Way shipped hundreds of thousands of the bags to retailers for reusable bag promotions tied to Earth Day observances.

McClatchy News Services