Plastic grocery bags are probably the worst type of litter in the world. They are choking waterways and killing wildlife.
They don’t break down, pretty much ever, and they are generally not recycled.
From an excellent article:
– Every year only Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags after they’ve been used to transport a prescription home from the drugstore or a quart of milk from the grocery store. It’s equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil.
– Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled worldwide, cause it cost more than produce new.
– More than a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from eating or getting entangled in plastic.
– 50 percent of all marine litter is some form of plastic. There are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
It’s better to use the cloth totes, or at least the reusable bags made from recycled plastic. Although the latter aren’t really washable. You can buy cloth totes at a craft store and decorate them yourself, or even make your own totes if you have a sewing machine and a bit of talent for that sort of thing 😉
If you will start using cloth totes, you can save at least 6 plastic bags/week = 24 plastic bags/month = 288 bags/year = around 22.176 plastic bags in our life!
It takes 500 years to break down one plastic bag, for plastic much more!
So when they will next time in a store ask you if you need plastic bag,
be dude and say NO !!!