· Bring them to the grocery store, or any store,
every time you shop.
· Invest in a few durable cloth bags that can last many years.
· Reuse your plastic bags as trash can liners, pet waste bags, etc.
Did you know?
- The annual cost of plastic bags to US retailers alone is estimated at $4 billion. When retailers give away free bags, their costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. (7)
- Between 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed and discarded annually worldwide—more than a million per minute. (6)
- Plastic bags aren’t biodegradable – it takes 1,000 years for one plastic bag to break down. They go through a process called photodegradation—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic particles that contaminate both soil and water. (6)
- Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine mammals die every year after eating discarded plastic bags they mistake for food. (6)
- About 8% to 10% of our total oil supply goes to making plastic (12 million barrels per year for just the U.S.). (8)