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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:34 AM

Suffocating The World... about those bags...

http://www.learnstuff.com/suffocating-the-world/


Youíre standing in line at the grocery store when you realize that you donít have your reusable bag. Youíll have to get a plastic bag. Again. You feel bad for a moment and then think that itís just one bag. But it isnít Ö

In the U.S. alone, 280 billion plastic bags are used each year, which is enough to stretch around the earth nearly 30,000 times. Making and using plastic bags has more repercussions than you might think. Check out the following infographic to see how exactly plastic bags affect our cities, our environment and even our economy.

http://www.learnstuff.com/suffocating-the-world/

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jwirr Nov 2012 #3
randome Nov 2012 #4
G_j Nov 2012 #10
Xyzse Nov 2012 #5
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #8
Xyzse Nov 2012 #11
slackmaster Nov 2012 #6
RomneyLies Nov 2012 #7
DebJ Nov 2012 #9

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:16 AM

1. knr

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:42 AM

2. k

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:45 AM

3. Does it make a difference if you are using them as recycled garbage bags etc.?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

4. OK, that does it.

I used to think plastic bags were better because they didn't require trees being cut down. But if that statistic is correct, that only 1% of bags are recycled, that's not a good deal.

I'm going to start using my own duffel bag from now on.

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Response to randome (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 AM

10. thanks for your input

that made it worth the time!



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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:50 AM

5. MD and DC have a .05 tax on bags...

It makes some sort of sense to me because it forces people to think about it.

They say it already helped reduce plastic waste in the area.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:53 AM

8. Banning the bags takes all the thinking out of the issue.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:26 PM

11. Which is why I think the 5 cent tax works pretty well

Since it does force people to think about it.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:50 AM

6. I re-use every one I get, and they get thrown away properly

 

I have cats.

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:51 AM

7. I save my plastic bags

 

I use them for cleaning cat litter pans.

Of course, we still get too many even for that, so we save all plastic bags and drop them off at the grocery store plastic bag recycle bin.

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:58 AM

9. I often find that I left my bags at home or in the car....and I end up buying at least

two or three more of the reusable bags since they are only 99 cents.
I have a huge collection, which I try to keep pared down by giving them
away to my son and others who can use them.
I just feel too guilty...and besides, those plastic bags rip so easily, there have
been many times I've had to run down my sloped driveway after items fall
from a split bag and roll away and get damaged. Sometimes I find I am
simply missing a tomato or other item when I get to the kitchen.
A reusable bag is cheaper than a lost tomato!

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