Monday, May 12, 2008

Plastic bags

One of my goals for the year is to stop using plastic grocery bags. So far I have 2 reusable bags and am waiting on them to :"pay" for themselves. Each time I go to Meijer or Marsh, I get a 5 cent per bag credit. I paid 99 cents for one bag and got the other one free. So far, I have received 55 cents in credits. Once that's down to zero, I'll buy another bag. I think I have another free one coming in the mail too.

Each year in America, 14,000,000,000 plastic shopping bags are used. Of those, only 1% are recycled. It takes 12,000,000 barrels of oil to produce these bags. Some studies indicate that it could take a plastic bag 500 years to break down in a landfill, though that number has also been disputed. There are a lot more statistics about plastic bags that you can find on the Internet if you really want to learn more.

So, for now, I still do use a few plastic bags each time I go to the store. I recycle them or reuse them though. After I get enough reusable bags, I'll quit using plastic ones for good. And I'll feel a lot better about myself:).


Mimi & Moe's Mom said...

WOW! I did not know it took gas to make plastic bags...sad...Thanks for this post. It is a good reminder that I should put my fabric bags back in the car for my next shopping trip.

Lizz said...

I'm making this a goal too. I keep forgetting to tell them paper, not plastic. I saw a thing on discovery channel about this place where currents collide and all of the trash there. The plastic particles WAY outnumbered the plankton count. :cry: