When is the last time that you helped anyone on this site with a
gardening question? I think it is safe to say never.
This is a non-commercial site, where people help one another with
gardening questions. Your only interest in us is the pecuniary interest
of how much money can you get from us, and how fast.
You pollute the newsgroups with your commercialism, as effectively as
your product pollutes the environment.
Go away, and take your stinking plastic bags with you!
Plastic bag facts
Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every
year. That¹s 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
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
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
can¹t 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
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.
Say No To Plastic Bags
The Shocking Facts About Polyethylene Bags
There is one simple action we can all take that will have an enormous
impact on the health of our planet and its inhabitants. The next time
you shop, don't leave the store carrying a plastic bag. If everyone did
this, one of the most lethal polluters created by man would be removed
Consider the Following Shocking Facts About Plastic Shopping Bags:
Plastic bags are made of polyethylene
Polyethylene is a petroleum product
Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
Four to five trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year
Americans use over 380 billion polyethylene bags per year
Americans throw away approximately 100 billion polyethylene bags per
Of those 100 trillion plastic bags, 1% are recycled
It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down
As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil
and enter the food chain
Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year by
ingesting plastic bags
Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. 100,000
marine mammals die yearly by eating plastic bags.
These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their
intestines or they choke to death
Plastic bag choke landfills
Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers,
There are Alternatives to Plastic Bags. All of This Death and Pollution
Countries all over the world are slowly becoming aware of the threat
plastic bags present to our world. Many have enacted laws aimed to
decrease the use of plastic bags, while others have, or are, planning to
impose taxes on the use of plastic bags.
Even large corporations are getting on board. For example, Real Canadian
Superstore charges customers 5 cents per bag and IKEA has vowed to
discontinue the use of plastic bags in all of their stores as well as
exerting pressure on their suppliers to take the same action.
More on this topic
These forward thinking, socially conscious countries, cities and
corporations should be commended, but the reality is, none of these
steps would be necessary if individuals would make the same commitment,
or if at the very least, people would do the following:
Reuse plastic shopping bags and wraps
Use wax paper instead of polyethylene products
Utilize reusable shopping bags made of cloth or hemp
Recycle your plastic shopping bags by returning them to the store
If you forget your reusable shopping bag, opt for paper
Minimize your garbage output by composting and recycling
Write to your local and federal governments to demand
environmentally-friendly bags (they do exist)
Tell others about the harmful impact of plastic bag usage
It might take a little planning and a little more time to say no to
plastic bags, but by putting life ahead of inconvenience, each and
everyone of us can make a difference to the health of our planet and to
all of those living things that have no choice but to live or to die
because of the decisions we make.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Environmental Protection Agency
Read: Ban Polyethylene Alternatives to Plastic Bags
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