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"Use fewer plastic bags! U.S. Households dispose of nearly one hundred billion plastic bags annually, millions of which end up littering the environment and harming endangered marine animals. By reducing plastic bag consumption by just two bags per week, you'll throw away at least one hundred fewer bags per year. If tied together handle to handle, these plastic bags would make a rop long enough to wrap around the earth more than 126 times!" (the Green Book, 2007).
Additional facts on plastic:
"... 12 million barrels of oil that are used nationally to produce 30 billion plastic bags in the United States," San Francisco, Ross Mirkarimi, a member of the city's board of supervisors
The Problem With Plastic
"The plastic bags you get at the grocery store are convenient, strong and lightweight. But to environmental advocates, they spell trouble.
On a local level, plastic is less recyclable than paper or other materials. Recycle a paper bag and you can make more paper bags. Recycle an aluminum can and you can make more cans. But even if plastic is labeled as recyclable, it cannot be turned back into the same kind of material. Plastic from a grocery bag can be processed into parts for a park bench or other hard material, but not the light, flexible material that would make another bag.
The larger issue, though, says Mirkarimi, is that plastic comes from petroleum. Companies drill for it, spoiling distant parts of the world. Air pollution is generated when it's processed into plastic. And oil's principal use, as fuel, is pumping heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere." (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=2935417&page=1)
*Make the move to reusable shopping bags. It can be as simple as a canvas tote. Share the word - Make the DIFFERENCE!
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