Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Lisa Roggow0
“Is plastic okay?”
Let’s face it, most of us don’t like to be different and we don’t like change. That is what is to be expected in and of our social constraints. The fact is most of us don’t know any better…yet. Consider the following facts the next time your grocery bagger asks, “Is plastic okay?”
- Plastic bags are made of polyethylene (petroleum product).
- The production of these bags contributes to unnecessary energy consumption.
- Overuse of the bags drives up the cost of products in the market place.
- Trillions of plastic bags are manufactured each year.
- We toss approximately 100 billion bags per year.
- Only 1% is recycled. We waste the rest.
- It takes 1,000 years for these bags to break down.
- Unfortunately, as polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leak into the soil thereby entering the food chain.
- Birds, turtles, jellyfish and sea mammals die each year from contact with these carelessly tossed bags by way of unintentional binding leading to starvation and accidental ingestion leading to choking or intestinal blockage.
This knowledge is the first half of the proverbial battle, doing is the other half. Change has got to be easy or many of us do not want any part of it. There is a simple and essential action we can all take that will have a monumental impact on the health of our planet and its inhabitants. The next time you shop, don’t leave the store carrying a plastic bag. With little effort, we can bring big change. We can begin to make ammends for the egregious waste, death and pollution by simply answering, “No, plastic is not okay.” And then just whip out the handy dandy, light weight, eco friendly yet still fashionable reusable bag. It can’t get much easier than that!