Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down in landfills?
According to the EPA, U.S. consumes over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps each year.
If 1 out of 4 Americans used a reusable shopping sack we could save 3 million barrels of oil (105 million gallons)
February 19, 2008
Plastic or Paper...Neither When the cashier asks you, “paper or plastic?” You’ve got a third choice you can make. Reusable cloth bags are eco-fantastic And they cut down on waste—piece of cake!
Long regarded as the more economical, reusable, space-saving grocery bag, plastic bags are actually worse for the environment than paper bags. Plastic bags also pose a threat to marine life. Sea turtles, for example, mistake plastic bags for jellyfish.
Last year, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban plastic bags from being used at grocery stores.
Not only do we need to limit consumption of plastic bags, but we also need to make sure the bags that are consumed are properly recycled and not merely littered into the streets.
Reusable cloth bags and shopping bags made out of organic and recycled materials are not only sturdier, but they cut down on the amount of wind-blown waste, landfill litter, and oil used in the manufacturing of the flimsy products.
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