|PLASTIC BAGS CRAP|
Plastic Bags Crap
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the U.S. annually. Only a tiny fraction (0.6 percent) of the plastic bags are recycled. As many as 1 trillion plastic bags may be used globally each year, or about one million bags per minute.
It takes 1,000 years for plastic bags to degrade. In addition, plastic bags contain harmful chemical such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and diethylhexyl phthalate, which is a carcinogen. About 100,000 birds, marine mammals, whales, and sea turtles each year either choke to death on plastic bags, or die of an intestinal blockage after eating one.
Many countries are making an effort to curtail plastic bag use. The Republic of Ireland has enacted a 15-cent tax on plastic shopping bags, which has curbed their use by 90 percent in that country. Bangladesh banned plastic shopping bag after finding that they were blocking drainage systems and causing floods. Taiwan, Singapore, South Africa, and several East African countries have also banned plastic shopping bags. The IKEA housewares chain is now charging five cents per plastic bag, and estimates the move will reduce plastic bag use in their U.S. stores by 50 percent.
San Francisco will soon become the first city in North America to ban plastic bags from supermarkets and pharmacies. It would be great if Williamsport and other central PA cities would join them. It's very easy and simple to use cloth bags with handles. If enough of us do this then the grocery stores will pitch in. What's stopping you from doing this?
JUST SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS CRAP!