OK, so I am hung up on the plastic bags. Since we are the plastic fantastic generation, I want to wonder why we can try to clean up the air, the country, the cows and their food, but not our own usage of wasteful plastic. Was reading a blog elsewhere and found the following info:
According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks, and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
- Americans go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually.
Four out of five bags handed out by grocery stores in this country are plastic.
(why can’t they at least offer paper?)
- Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
- Plastic bags are among the top 12 items of debris found in coastal cleanups.
Are you aware that it takes over 1000 years for the ” biodegradable plastic bags to decompose, and that is only after it is broken down into toxic gases first.
That styrofoam cup you grabbed to have a coffee on the run, a 500 year half life in the landfill.
Come on people, an enviro-friendly tote, they are cute, serve many purposes besides hauling groceries and TP, and it is just the right thing to do. Join the “BYOB Brigade.” I’m not saying I am totally enviro-friendly yet, but this is a good place, an easy one to start.
Think how nice it will be if we didn’t have to see plastic “kites” flying down the highway from varied litterbugs, or escapees from the truck bringing in the trash.
Still with my resolution, no plastic unless I need to clean up after the dog.
Hey, we can’t all be composting and perfect!