If you care where your food comes from, you probably care about what you carry your food home in from the market. Cities and towns across America are considering a movement to ban or fine the use of disposable plastic bags. Some cities have already instated such a ban.
I’ve been on a bit of an anti-plastic rant lately. Please revisit with me why this symbol of a throwaway culture is still prevalent, and why we haven’t banned disposable plastic bags yet.
2 Reasons We Have Not Banned Disposable Plastic Bags:
2 Reasons We Need To Ban Disposable Plastic Bags:
1. About 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Oil byproducts, such as petroleum are used to make plastic bags. Oil is expensive and getting more so. Should we be wasting oil on something as frivolous as plastic bags?
2. Plastic is the largest source of ocean litter. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has estimated that ocean debris worldwide kills at least 1 million sea birds. According to Planet Ark, about 100,000 whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year worldwide.
2 Solutions To The Disposable Bag Problem:
1. We have a viable solution – reusable bags. As we begin to get closer to addressing this problem, do you think we should fine people for not using reusable bags? Or, should we charge a fee for using a plastic bag?
2. Make your own cloth bag.
2 Reasons Why I Love This Earth-Friendly Shopping Tote:
1. It scrunches up into a tiny ball.
2. It is made from durable natural linen.
Credit: Purl Bee