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June 21, 2010


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Vishal Gajjar

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Did you know . . .

Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled.

What’s So Bad About Plastic Bags?
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways, spoil the landscape, and end up in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute the soil and water.

Plastic bags also pose a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that often mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags.

Finally, producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

Consider a Personal Ban on Plastic Bags
Some businesses have stopped offering their customers plastic bags, and many communities are either considering a ban on plastic bags or have already implemented one.

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Larry Lawernce

My wife and I have been cutting way back on usage of plastics in all things food related. The plastic bags and packaging is just horrible. There are some exceptions though. In the world of making things, some materials are actually way less expensive than metals, and last significantly longer without needing synthetic oils and grease like on metals. I wish there were other materials out there that were more natural. I use some stuff called UHMW which my company buys from or, and the stuff wears way better than metals, and costs us about a third. Any ideas of a natural material that will work for this?


I catered a wedding tonight, and the plastic waste was disgusting (as it always is). Something needs to change...

Chris Chambers

I'm trying really hard to use less plastic, eat locally just seems to me that its almost impossible to win; My local store seems to love to prewrap all of the local produce, leaving the USA products in loose bins...I tried the Harmony Organic; guess what? The lid weighs more than a 1L plastic milk bag... I can't win. Not only that, I have to INSIST on not getting plastic bags or other things, otherwise they are thrust upon me. I feel as though I am drowning in a sea of!

Rebecca The Greeniac

Amen... I had the unfortunate experience of stepping inside a Wal-Mart yesterday, and I'm still shaken by it. People buying plastic wrapped in plastic, and taking it home in still more plastic. When will we open our eyes?

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