Plastic bag bans becoming popular around the world
While plastic bags do hold myriad uses around the home, in reality the cost of recycling and the potential waste produced by these materials far outweigh their utility. According to the California-based Earth Resource Foundation, a person uses about 130 plastic bags per year and close to one trillion are used worldwide for people to ferry their groceries from the store to their homes.
Plastic bags have served their purpose for many years, but the problem lies with consumers placing them into the regular garbage or allowing them to end up in the environment. Since it will take close to 1,000 years to fully break down, a plastic bag can be a significant burden on the environment that can pose a danger to wildlife. Consumers should be sure to collect all of their used bags and bring them to the appropriate receptacle at their nearest grocery store or placed directly in your recycling bin.
With a little extra effort and a switch to reusable bags, communities the world over are doing their part to reduce waste and switch to more sustainable everyday products.