Are you still using plastic bags at the store? While it’s hard to break the habit of using plastic bags, this infographic shows staggering stats about plastic bag use.
For instance, did you know…
- Less than 1% of plastic bags are recycled
- Inks and dyes in plastic bags contain lead and toxins
- 100,000 sea turtles die each year due to strangulation from plastic bags
- Ireland banned plastic bags in 2002 and usage dropped 90% within a week
- Consumers pay $18-30 per person per year in hidden costs tacked on by supermarkets to pay for plastic bags
What can you do instead?
Keep 5-10 reusable bags in your car to use at any time. And if you forget to bring the reusable bags into the store, just tell the checkout clerk to put your items back in your cart without bags. Then, just bag the items yourself using your reusable bags. I’ve done it many times before myself.
You can also reuse and upcycle the bags you have. Here are some ideas:
- Upcycle Plastic Bags in Reusable Sandwich Bags and Tote Bags
- 18 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags
- Make a DIY Hammock Chair with Upcycled Plastic Bags
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