How about a reusable bag? I love to support local businesses. So, today my pitch is in support of Chico Bag. They have a wonderful product line that is not limited to their well known reusable shopping bags. Their list of products includes book bags, bottle slings, produce bags, duffel bags and the list goes on. You can check out their entire product line at http://www.chicobag.com/t-productcategoriespage.aspx
Why should you care?
A LITTLE INSIGHT ON PLASTIC BAG USAGE RATES
- According to American Plastic Manufacturing, the average US per capita bag use is about 500 bags a year – the oil equivalent of about half a gallon of gas http://www.apmbags.com/bagmyths
- How long does it take for a plastic bag to degrade and break down. The simple answer is NEVER! The plastic will breakdown into smaller and smaller pieces but does it ever truly disappear? According to most scientists a plastic bag might be gone in anywhere from 10 to 100 years (estimates vary) if exposed to the sun, but its environmental legacy may last forever.
BACKGROUND ON SINGLE-USE PAPER BAGS
- Each year the United States consumes 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees.
- Five industries account for 68 percent of all energy used in the industrial sector. Pulp and paper accounts for 6 percent of energy usage making it the fourth largest contributor.
Buying Chico Bags is a great way to support a local business and keep plastic garbage bags out of the landfill!!!