Going Green - Did you know....

Did You Know:

Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.
- National Geographic News September 2, 2003

Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.
- Christian Science Monitor News Paper and Jared Blumenfeld (Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment)

Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the US coastline.
- National Marine Debris Monitoring Program

Plastic bags photodegrade: Over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers which eventually contaminate soils and waterways.
- CNN.com/techonology, November 16, 2007

Nearly 200 different species of sea life including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. They die after ingesting plastic bags which they mistake for food.
- World Wildlife Fund Report 2005

Plastic shopping bags are made from polyethylene: a thermoplastic made from oil.
- CNN.com/techonology, November 16, 2007

Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependency. China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
- CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

SO WHAT DO WE DO?

• If we use a reusable bag, we can save 6 bags a week.
• That’s 24 bags a month
• And 288 bags a year
• That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime
• If just 1 out of 5 people in our country stopped using plastic grocery bags we would save 1,330,560,000,000

• Countries such as Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Rwanda, Israel, Canada, western India,
Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore have already banned or are moving toward banning plastic bags.
• On March 27th 2007, San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban plastic bags.
• Oakland and Boston are considering a ban.