Sometimes we all forget to take our reusable shopping bags to the store. But even using just one reusable shopping bag can eliminate as many as 1,500 plastic bags from landfills in its lifetime. Need some more great reasons to grab a cloth bag next time you head to the store?
- According to The Wall Street Journal, each year Americans use 100 billion plastic shopping bags. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags!
- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when the animals mistake them for food.
- About 500 nautical miles off the coast of California is a "plastic island" made up of plastic garbage that measures twice the size of Texas. The island is held together by ocean currents.
- In a landfill, plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade. As litter, the break down into small bits, contaminating our soil and water.
To encourage our employees to go plastic-less, International Expeditions' "Green Team" supplied the entire staff with reusable shopping bags. An added great benefit - many stores offer a five to ten-cent credit if you bring your own bag!