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Plastic Bags, No Longer Free

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Plastic Bags

Well people, it has finally happened here in Orange County, Ca. Myself, my mother, and my girlfriend have all been charged .10 ea. for plastic bags at our neighborhood grocery stores and markets. While shopping for milk, creamer and a bottle of Jack Daniels at Pavilions in Newport Beach, the clerk asked me if I wanted to purchase a plastic bag for .10?

I stood there for a second with a smile on my face, I said to myself, “It’s about time!” I immediately thought about the oceans and the plastic pollution across the globe! My mother and girlfriend shared with me, they were charged as well, at Vons, Food For Less, and Target! I’m not a negative or pessimistic person, I just can’t help to think of the severity and importance of such a tariff, I just hope it’s not too late. I wish this was enacted 5-10 years ago, so much more needs to be done, however we have to start somewhere, and this is a good start! Hopefully people will start using reusable bags and less plastic bags.

In case you are interested in recycling your plastic bags stored in the garage, laundry room, or stuffed in the kitchen drawer, here is a great resource for you: Plastic Bags,  Recycling Near You

Plastic bags are all around us – we use them for shopping, carrying and storing, disposing of rubbish and more. Australians use about 3.9 billion lightweight supermarket shopping bags every year. There are two major types of plastic shopping bags. Lightweight, checkout-style bags are most commonly found in supermarkets and takeaway stores, and are made from high density polyethylene or HDPE. The heavier, tougher plastic bags found in boutique and department stores are made from low density polyethylene or LDPE. Environmental Impacts Plastic bags are linked to a range of environmental impacts. They are one of the most obvious displays of our throw away society. Even though many are made from a non-renewable resource (oil), the vast majority have a useful life of minutes – from the shop to the car and from the car to the kitchen. Then they are thrown away. As oil supplies become scarcer, we simply can’t afford to throw away such a valuable resource. Plastic bags also present life-threatening risks to wildlife and livestock. Turtles, whales, birds and fish are especially vulnerable. Plastic bags floating in water can be mistaken for food. Once ingested, a bag can prevent the animal from digesting food or can prevent them submerging.

Of course, I didn’t get into detail with the clerk about my website, I believe I know a little bit more than the average person about plastic and the damage it’s causing. Plastic Pollution, Carbon Emissions and Population are the three big areas of concern in the Earth’s Environmental distress.

Article written by Michael R.Craig, owner/founder WhosGreenOnline.com

 

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