So it won’t come as a surprise that plastic bags are no good for the environment, though they can be a small convenience, they cause a huge problem environmentally.

Because they are made from petroleum (a non-renewable natural resource), their manufacture contributes to the the diminishing of natural resources as well as doing damage to the environment during extraction. They have an incredibly long decomposition time as well, spending up to 1,000 years degrading on land and 450 years in water. There is virtually no market for recycling plastic bags because they are of such little recyclable value to recycling centers.

… Here’s where we come in with the BYOB (Bring Your Own BAG) Movement! We’ve designed some spiffy reusable & recyclable shopping bags to help fight the good fight against plastic and other one-time-use disposable bags! We’re sure many of you recognize them from the last few weeks around the store, especially if you made a large purchase because with any purchase of $100 or more you get one free!

 

Plastic bag facts

  • Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
  • Approx. 100 billion of the 380 billion are plastic shopping bags.
  • An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
  • Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.
  • Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
  • Plastic bags are often mistakenly ingested by animals, clogging their intestines which results in death by starvation. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result.
  • Even when they photo-degrade in landfill, the plastic from single-use bags never goes away, and toxic particles can enter the food chain when they are ingested by unsuspecting animals.
  • Greenpeace says that at least 267 marine species are known to have suffered from getting entangled in or ingesting marine debris. Nearly 90% of that debris is plastic.
  • Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags per year. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production.
  • Most of the pulp used for paper shopping bags is virgin pulp, as it is considered stronger.
  • Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulphurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution.

Need more convincing about plastic bag pollution? Let this very seductive video couple & the Plastic Pollution Coalition turn you off of plastic forever, and think twice about the potential impact on the environment…