pass on the plastic.

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Today’s topic = reusable bags! There are countless reasons for why you should pass on the plastic and opt for reusable bags. Check out these interesting plastic  bag facts:

  • Every year, hundreds of thousands of marine mammals die from eating discarded plastic bags they mistake for food
  • Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled in the United States
  • The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile
  • Plastic bags make up more than 10% of washed-up debris polluting the United States coastline
  • A single plastic bag takes an average of 450 years to biodegrade

In a nutshell, plastic bags are rarely recycled, they’re made from petroleum oil and they pose a great deal of harm to our environment. With that being said, simply pick up a few reusable bags (often sold at the checkout area of stores for close to $0.99) and leave them in your car so they’re always on hand. If you have a more compact reusable bag (like #2 shown above), you can stash it in your purse. Bonus – many co-ops and grocery stores will give you small discount for bringing your own bag. Save the environment while saving a little money… what’s not to love?!

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