Plastic shopping bags often find their way into our oceans. Marine life mistake these bags for food (sea turtles think the bags are jellyfish) and will die choking on them. You can help keep plastic bags out of the ocean and help protect not only the ocean but the planet by carrying reusable bags always for shopping and other purchases/uses. Leave one or two in your car, so you always have them on hand. Here’s some facts on plastic bags and how they are impacting our Oceans! Ban the bag!
- Americans use more than 100 billion plastic bags each year, thats more than 300 bags per person per year.
- Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but a single plastic bag has a life expectancy of up to 1,000 years.
- High amounts of plastic material, especially plastic bags, have been found blocking the breathing passages and stomachs of many marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, and turtles.
- 80 percent of marine debris comes from land-based waste, and the most direct route to the Great Atlantic Garbage patch is from the east coast of the US.
- Retail businesses spend more than $4 billion per year to provide plastic bags.
*Facts are from http://www.environmentmassachusetts.org/