With today marking the annual International Plastic Bag Free Day, we reflect on the adverse consequences of single-use plastic bags and what we can do to help protect our Mother Earth.
Single-use plastic bags contribute to some of the world’s greatest environmental issues. Currently over a trillion plastic bags are used each year worldwide. These not only contribute to massive litter and pollution issues, but they are also detrimental to ecosystems and animal life.
Did you know?
- Although some single-use plastic bags can be recycled, only 1 percent of bags make it to recycling facilities.
- On average, there is 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile of ocean.
- Over 12 million barrels of oil is required in producing the amount of plastic bags consumed in the United States annually.
- It can take up to a 1,000 years for plastic bags to decompose in a landfill.
Although there is a long road ahead to reversing the damage done by single-use plastics, you can be part of the solution! A simple switch away from using plastic bags can alleviate this problem and lead to a more sustainable future.
Celebrate the plastic-free movement with these stylish, convenient, and environmentally friendly bag alternatives.
Reusable Shopping Bags
These are perfect for going to the store or farmers market! Our advice is to keep several reusable bags by your door and in your car as an easy reminder.
Use this basket not only for trips to the market, but for daily use as well. A durable, hand-woven basket will last a long time.
The Balance Small Business – How Long Does it Take for Garbage to Decompose
Earth Policy Institute – Plastic Bags Fact Sheet
Ocean Crusaders – Plastic Statistics
Waste Management – Bags by the Numbers
Earth Day Network – Fact Sheet: Single Use Plastics