Bagg-alicious August 20, 2008Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green.
“Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million plastic bags used per minute. Billions end up as litter each year. According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion.) Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.”
– Source: Carbon Conscious Consumer
You’ve heard me preach about the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) concept many times. My friend, Katie, has given me a reason to bring it up yet again. Several weeks ago, I got to go to Raleigh, NC, and hang out with my girlfriends. Katie, being the lovely hostess that she is, gave us all little parting gifts. Each of us received a Baggu in our favorite color! This thing rocks! It comes in its own little pouch for easy transport when not in use. Made of heavy duty ripstop nylon, it weighs in at only 2 ounces, yet holds a whopping 25 pounds! I keep mine in my purse and whip it out at Trader Joe’s, the drugstore, the mall…the list is endless. Just another way to be eco-chic while helping mother earth!