Say “NO” to Plastic Bags

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Say "NO" to Plastic Bags

Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.
– National Geographic News September 2, 2003

"Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one."
– Christian Science Monitor newspaper

“There’s harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.”
– Jared Blumenfeld, Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment

So… where do the plastic bags go?

"Bags get blown around… to different parts of our lands… and to our seas, lakes and rivers. Bags find their way into the sea via drains and sewage pipes."
–, November 16, 2007

"A study in 1975, showed oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason that the world’s landfills weren’t overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill."
– U.S. National Academy of Sciences

"Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south as the Falkland Islands."
– British Antarctic Survey

"Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline."
– National Marine Debris Monitoring Program

"Plastic bags photodegrade: Over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers, which eventually contaminate soils and waterways. As a consequence microscopic particles can enter the food chain."
– November 16, 2007 

"The effect on wildlife can be catastrophic. Birds become terminally entangled. Nearly 200 different species of sea life including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. They die after ingesting plastic bags which they mistake for food."
– World Wildlife Fund Report 2005

If we use a CLOTH bag, we can save 6 bags a week!
That’s 24 bags a month!
That’s 288 bags a year!!
That’s 22,176 bags in an average life time!!!

If just 1 out of 5 people in our country did this we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time.

Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
– March 8, 2007

China has banned free plastic bags.
– January 9, 2008

Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
– BBC News August 20, 2002

In 2005 Rwanda banned plastic bags.
– Associated Press

Israel, Canada, western India, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore  have also banned or are moving toward banning the plastic bag. February 16, 2008

On March 27th 2007, San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic bags. (National Public Radio)

Oakland and Boston are considering a ban.
– The Boston Globe May 20, 2007

Plastic shopping bags are made from polyethylene: a thermoplastic made from oil.
– November 16, 2007

Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependency.

China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
– January 9, 2008

It is possible…

Do something DRASTIC – stop using PLASTIC!

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