June 19, 2009
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What do you get when you cross a sea turtle with a plastic bag? A dead turtle.
According to the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation, discarded plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
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The world’s consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that’s 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute. How many of those are thrown away?
Some of the ugly facts:
Once brought into existence to tote your purchases, they’ll accumulate and persist on our planet for up to 1,000 years.
The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
Every single piece of plastic ever manufactured is still on the planet. It is in use, intact in landfills, as windblown litter, and also toxically contaminating global river systems and oceans.
There is an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in each square mile of ocean.
There are 39,600 deaths of children around the world who die from asphyxiation from plastic bags.
Saying NO to plastic bags is an easy step towards saving the planet that anyone can do. Each high quality reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.
Join the petition for an International Ban of Plastic Shopping Bags from Greenhouse Neutral Foundation and STOPlasticBags.
By signing this petition today you will have taken a simple step to reduce the ridiculously high numbers of plastic bags tossed or lost around the world. Spreading the word to BAN the BAG will be an environmental achievement you can, and will be proud of.
For more information, visit the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation blog.