As some of the most privileged people to ever live on the planet, it’s our responsibility to make choices that will uplift our earth’s health, beauty and natural diversity now and for generations to come.

Convenience is one of our many privileges, but too often it comes at a cost to our health, the environment, animals, the powerless and the poor.

Using reusable bags as part of a mission to protect our earth and act conscientiously helps reduce the unnecessary massive consumption of resource intensive toxic plastic and paper bags, single-use items, and packaging.

Here are some facts that will make you want to change your ways and educate your friends and family too.

Americans use 60 thousand plastic bags every five seconds.

That is 1 million bags every 1.5 minutes! These plastic bags might be reused a few times but sooner or later they will end up on city streets, in sewers, the ocean gyres or landfills.

Americans use 1.14 million paper bags every hour. Paper bags degrade quickly and can only be reused a few times around the house. Only 10%-15% of paper bags are returned to recycle.

Each person, on average produces 4.5 pounds of trash each day, or 1,642.5 pounds a year or 131,400 pounds in an 80 year lifetime. Holy trash!

 

 

EACH PERSON CAN REPLACE 40,000 PLASTIC AND PAPER BAGS IN THEIR LIFETIME BY USING REUSABLE BAGS.

When we become aware of an issue we’d like to change we often feel rather powerless against the odds. With this particular issue, though, you really can make a difference every time you use reusable bags instead of single use plastic or paper bags. This kind of change does not require calling senators and protesting all day. It just requires choosing how to shop!

There is nothing to lose, except of course, our wasteful habits.

 

FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC:

  • 80% of the trash polluting our oceans is plastic.
  • Plastics leech into your food and body, even through simple skin contact or through plastic bag breakdown.
  • Plastic bags wrap around coral reefs, quickly suffocating and killing them. 25% of all marine life depends on fragile coral reefs for survival.
  • Plastic never biodegrades, it only breaks down into smaller pieces, mixing with and poisoning water and organic matter.

FACTS ABOUT PAPER:

  • Contrary to popular belief, paper is one of the worst industrial contributors to air, water, and land pollution, climate change, and is one of the largest consumers of water, energy, and forest fiber.
  • Two-thirds of U.S. forestlands are used for production of commercial wood products.
  • Hemp is a fast growing weed and can produce 320 times more fiber per acre than trees can.
  • The logging industry is based on producing “disposable” products. Over 50% of paper produced is used for packaging.
  • Recycled paper bag production uses a lot of energy that comes from nonrenewable resources such as coal.