Grocery bags (athlete bags) are small, medium, large bags with a volume of 10-20litres (2.5-5 gallons) that shoppers use to take home purchased products. There are much larger versions, especially for shopping that is not a neighbourhood grocery store, namely called a shopping mall, and used in such markets. Some have been modelled as disposable products once. However, some individuals may reuse these bags for storage or to evaluate them in garbage can liners. Designed to be used during shopping and to carry purchased products. Some operators, who take into account the damage caused by these bags to the nature, are not indifferent to this situation and do not avoid using environmentally friendly bags that do not cause any harm to the nature or even do not threaten human health enough to be melted and drunk in water.
The types and usage of grocery bags vary depending on the countries in the universe we live in. In many European Union (EU) countries, disposable plastic grocery bags are provided to their customers free of charge by shopping centers. This practice was implemented in the early 21st century and became widespread in a short time. However, the application of Environmental Laws, which caused some retailers to charge a fee in return for bags, has interrupted the market bag prevalence for a while.
In 2008, the People’s Republic of China banned free grocery bags. Worldwide, disposable shopping bags are still provided free of charge to customers by operators in countries such as the United States, Canada, etc.