Plastic bag facts. Reusable shopping bag benefits.
There are a lot articles about benefits of the reusable bags online.
I will share my opinion and some alternatives:
1. Even using the one reusable sturdy bag made out of plastic still has benefits. Less plastic goes to environment... full stop.
2. Paper bag. Good alternative but it takes also energy and wanter to make those.
- they are compostable, but most of them are single use
3. Better alternatives are sustainably made of organic material (material that will compost and worms will eat) bags.
- bamboo and more...
Here are a few facts about plastic bags to help demonstrate the value of reusable bags to consumers and the environment:
- Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They actually go through a process called photodegradation—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic particles that contaminate both soil and water, and end up entering the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them.
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in only the United States every year. Of those, approximately 100 billion are plastic shopping bags, which cost retailers about $4 billion annually.
- According to various estimates, Taiwan consumes 20 billion plastic bags annually (900 per person), Japan consumes 300 billion bags each year (300 per person), and Australia consumes 6.9 billion plastic bags annually (326 per person). So we are not bad in comparison but how about making it close to even just a million?
- Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine mammals die every year after eating discarded plastic bags they mistake for food.
- Discarded plastic bags have become so common in Africa they have spawned a cottage industry. People there collect the bags and use them to weave hats, bags, and other goods. According to the BBC, one such group routinely collects 30,000 bags every month.
- Plastic bags as litter have even become commonplace in Antarctica and other remote areas. According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone from being rare in the late 1980s and early 1990s to being almost everywhere in Antarctica.
It is scary but I think it is my job and all of us to make sure we leave a planet in the same condition as when we came...After all it is our kids who will pay for the consequences..