The human toll on the health of our planet is growing each day. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year, polluting our rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, and streets. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. If you tied these together, these would make a rope long enough to wrap around the earth more than 126 times.
Plastic bags are made from petroleum. The petroleum in 14 bags could drive a car for 1 mile. 12 A billion gallons of petroleum are used to produce plastic bags each year. Canvas grocery bags are not made of petroleum products, but natural fibers!
Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine animals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. 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. Ultimately, the toxins enter into the human food chain.
You can help solve this problem by using canvas grocery bags. They are reusable and eco-friendly.