Billions of plastic bags are consumed each year. Less than 1% of plastic bags get recycled. The rest of the bags end up in landfills, lakes and rivers polluting our earth. Plastic bags are responsible for the death of thousands of marine animals and for nearly 7% of debris found along the US coastline. The effects of this abuse have been catastrophic to our environment. To add to the devastation, over 12 million barrels of oil are required annually to produce plastic bags for the US alone.
Eliminating the use of plastic bags is one thing we can ALL do. Its one simple way to join in the force to save our planet. Going Green is not a new fad. It is a necessity. We are already feeling the effects of global warming. We must all take responsibility and do our part.
Most, if not all, major retailers and grocery chains have begun promoting the use of reusable bags. Yet, a very small percentage of consumers are actually using them. Do consumers just dont care? A recent poll, conducted by The Bag Movement, LLC determined the two main reasons people are not using reusable bags. The main reason is consumers have not yet developed a habit of using reusable bags. The second highest reason was consumers dont like using bags with a particular retailers logo.
The Bag Movement has taken consumers concerns and developed reusable bags that are sure to set a trend. Theyve designed bags that are lightweight, washable and compact. The design also promotes awareness for causes such as breast cancer, AIDS/HIV, Child Abuse and Neglect and Heart Disease. The company donates 15% of all net proceeds to organizations such as St. Jude Childrens hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, AIDS Research alliance, and Operation Homefront.
Even during these tough economic times. Our community must get together and do whats right. Simple steps that can make a difference. One small habit we can develop that can change the world and save lives.