Today, we will be talking about reusable bags!
Reusable bags can be found at any grocery or clothing store and are usually $.50-.99 each. Keeping these in your car or in the entryway of your house, are the best ways to make sure you don’t forget your bags for each shopping trip. Just one simple swap every day of your life can make such a huge difference, and I’m sure those animals you know and love will appreciate the consideration.
Here are some statistics on what plastic bags do to our planet:
- The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.
- According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.
- Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.
- At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.
- 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.
- One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.
- It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming micro-plastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.
Here are some reasons why switching to a reusable bag would be better:
- Reusable bags come in a wide variety of stylish shapes and prints, making shopping a bit less routine and more fun.
- Some grocery stores offer discounts to customers who bring reusable bags.
- If every person in New York City used one less grocery bag, it would cut waste by 5 million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs.
- One person using reusable bags over their lifetime would remove more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.