Six reasons to use reusable grocery bags
Michael De Dora
Posted on April 12, 2012
From the Huffington Post:
- Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose.
- Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. The rest end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment. There’s actually a giant garbage heap made mostly of plastic floating in the ocean that’s twice the size of the United States.
- It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags.
- More than 10 percent of washed-up debris polluting the U.S. coastline is made up of plastic bags.
- It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year.
- The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile.
These reasons are precisely why I started to use reusable bags several years ago. In fact, I now feel morally guilty when using plastic bags. I consider our treatment of Earth a moral issue, and I know plastic bags wreak environmental havoc.
Do you use reusable bags? And, if not, why?