- Plastic bags aren’t biodegradable. They actually go through a process called photodegradation—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic particles that contaminate both soil and water, and end up entering the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them.
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Of those, approximately 100 billion are plastic shopping bags, which cost retailers about $4 billion annually.
- According to various estimates, Taiwan consumes 20 billion plastic bags annually (900 per person), Japan consumes 300 billion bags each year (300 per person), and Australia consumes 6.9 billion plastic bags annually (326 per person).
- Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine mammals die every year after eating discarded plastic bags they mistake for food.
Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.
But what about when you buy meat? Even though you have brought your own reusable bags, you are always tempted to put the meat in a separate plastic bag
anyway to protect your family from bacteria such as e.coli and save your bags from becoming contaminated. This concern is certainly important and well noted. So why not always bring one thermal bag? It can be washed out with soap and water home and reused for things like buying meat! Problem solved.
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