Watch a great video on plastic bag use here.
See Chris Jordan’s hauntingly beautiful photos of mass consumption.
See the kids at Hewlett Woodmere celebrate One Beautiful Bag at a Time
Reports on the Impact of Bags on our Environment
Note: Other governments have studied the impact of bags on our environment thoroughly. The reports below are unbiased, academic or third party reports disclosing the facts about bags.
Green Cities California finds non-woven polypropylene bags to be the best choice, read the full reportMaster Environmental Assessment (MEA) on Single Use and Reusable Bags. There is also a great overview of different types of bags on page 3 of the Executive Summary
Los Angeles Department of Public Works has written a definitive report on bag impact in Los Angeles County. It reports that 6 billion bags a year are used in LA County, or 600 bags per year per person. Read the report here.
“Plastic Shopping Bags: An Analysis of Levies and Environmental Impacts—Final Report,” Environment Australia, Department and Heritage, Dec. 2002.
“Greenversations: Paper or Plastic or Reusable Bag?” US Environmental Protection Agency,
“The Winnipeg Packaging Project: Comparison of Grocery bags.” British Plastics Federation.
“Life Cycle Analysis” San Francisco Environment.
“San Francisco Ponders Ecology Tax for Grocery Bags” Planetark.com
“Thanks I have My Own Bag” Environment Canada.
“The Story of Stuff” film and website that describe all of the places and materials our ‘stuff’ requires from production, to consumption to disposal.
Information on the North Pacific Gyre
Note: Because of the circular nature of ocean currents, plastic bags and other non-biodegradable debris is collecting in the center of the currents, a place called The North Pacific Gyre. There, plastic is trapped creating a mass of garbage about the size of Texas—and growing.
Click here to see an animated view of trash currents creating the North Pacific Gyre.
Further ways to help reduce bags and other packaging
“EPA Student Center: Waste & Recycling” US Environmental Protection Agency.
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