Friday, June 6, 2008

What do you use when you go grocery shopping? Paper? Plastic? Reusable bag?




Starting a few weeks ago I started using reusable bags. They are so nice and make putting groceries in the back of my van so nice as they line up nice and neat unlike plastic. So I did some research on the issue of reusable bags.



Facts on plastic bags
~Each year billions of bags end up as ugly litter.
~Eventually they break down into tiny toxic bits polluting our soil, river, lakes and oceans. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.
~Production requires vast amounts of oil.
Countless animals needlessly die each year.

The grocery stores we go to offer that you can get reusable bags. Wise Markets even pays you back 3 cents per reusable bag that you use.

How many plastic bags does your family use a year?About 400 a year, if you're an average family. All of that could be stopped by using reusable bags.


Source: http://WWW.deh.gov.au/settlements/publications/waste/plastic-bags/analysis.HTML


So what do you use and why?What would it take to make you use reusable bags if you don't already?

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