Reusable Bags Help Environment



Plastic bags are killing fish, mammals, birds, and are even helping to change the climate.

Using reusable canvas bags to help save the environment is one of the easiest things to do that is within reach of every American.

Here are some staggering statistics:

The manufacture of fourteen plastic shopping bags uses the equivalent of petroleum energy to drive a car one mile.

Of the estimated 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags used worldwide annually, only 2 percent are recycled. The rest ending up in landfills. One day of landfill space is gained for every 100 tons of garbage that is recycled.

Biodegradable bags create methane gas which worsens the greenhouse effect.

According to the UK government, reducing the number of bags in that country by just one-fourth would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide to the equivalent of taking 18,000 cars off the road in one year.

Using reusable canvas bags can lower the carbon dioxide output by five pounds per year per person.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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