Offering Environmentally Friendly, Reusable Grocery and Shopping Bags. Use this custom imprinted Recyclable Bag for all your charity fundraising, corporate events or shopping needs.
Over 500,000 bags are used globally every minute. The Majority are not reused, ending up as waste in landfills or as litter. Because plastic bags are light and compressible, they constitute only 2 percent of landfill, but since most are not biodegradable, they will remain there.
Plastic Bag Facts
* An estimated 4,000 barrels of oil a day are used for plastic bag manufacturing.
* Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a petroleum product, and their manufacturing.
* 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year, and of those only 1% are recycled.
* It takes 1000 years of polyethylene bags to break down.
* As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain.
* Plastic shopping bags reused as trash bags typically go into landfills. Here nothing completely degrades due to the lack of water, light and oxygen that are necessary for the degradation process.
* Approximately 1 million seabirds and mammals dies per year by ingesting plastic bags.
* Nearly 80% of litter in the ocean comes from land-based sources.
* The Petroleum-based plastics float on the ocean’s surface appearing as feeding grounds. “Marine animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs. It doesn’t pass, and they literally starve to death.”
The 3 R’s are know as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The US Environmental Protection Agency further defines them as the following:
Reduce- Waste prevention, or “some reduction”, means consuming and throwing away less. It includes purchasing durable, long lasting goods. Seeking products that are as free of toxins as possible. Redesigning products to use less raw material in production, have a longer life or be used again after it’s original use. Source reduction actually prevents the generation of waste in the first place, so it its the most preferred method of waste management and goes a long way toward protecting the environment.
Reuse- Reusing items by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them also reduces waste. Reusing products, when possible, is even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
Recycle- Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial and social benefits. materials like glass, metal, plastics and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials and products.
Jack Johnson is a singer, songwriter, surfer and environmental advocate. His song titled “The 3 R’s” is a great rendition about how we all can take part in reducing, reusing and recycling.
We can lessen our environmental footprint by eliminating the use of plastic bags. By doing this, our world will become a cleaner, safer place for all living things. There is one simple action we all can take that will have an enormous impact on the health of our planet. The next time you shop, don’t leave carrying a plastic bag.
Bring your own reusable shopping bags – every time you visit the store!