Make Today Matter...Facts:
- Almost 7 billion paper bags and 400 billion plastic bags are used every year.
- 90% of all grocery bags are plastic.
- Only 5.2% of plastic bags and 21% of paper bags are recycled.
- The average length of time a high-density plastic bag will exist on earth is 1,000 years.
- Producing and recycling paper bags generates significantly more air and water pollution compared to plastic bags.
- Paper is 40% of all waste.
- The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags every 4 trips to the grocery store.
- San Francisco, the first city in the U.S. to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, eliminates the use of 100 million plastic bags a year.
Take action today!
- Buy several canvas shopping bags or use duffle bags that you already own. Most trips to the store require more than one bag.
- Purchase canvas bags made from recycled materials.
- Keep your canvas bags in the trunk of your car--trips to the store are often spontaneous.
- When purchasing only one or two items and if you don't have a canvas bag with you, just carry the items out of the store without a bag.
- If you forget your canvas bag, at least avoid double-bagging.
You would accumulate 1,000 fewer bags this year if you simply used a reusable bag when shopping, especially grocery shopping. Paper and plastic bags are an environmental killer--they biodegrade slowly or not at all, deplete energy and natural resources, endanger wildlife, and poison our soil and waterways.
So, from now on, when a store clerk asks "Paper or plastic?" you can proudly answer, "CANVAS!"
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)