Does it count. . .

if I recycle an OLD POST???

The message needs repeating.

The Ugly Facts About Plastic Bags

•Plastic bags are made of polyethylene
•Polyethylene is a petroleum product
•Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
•Four to five trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year
•Americans use over 380 billion polyethylene bags per year
•Americans throw away approximately 100 billion polyethylene bags per year
•Of those 100 trillion plastic bags, 1% are recycled
•It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down
•As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain
•Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year by ingesting plastic bags
•Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. 100,000 marine mammals die yearly by eating plastic bags
•These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death
•Plastic bags choke landfills
•Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers, and lake

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Thanks for reading! Teresa

1 comment:

tracyp said...

Thanks for the reminder... I just thought about the plastic bags I have under my sink ... just in case...

I need to make a few extra bags of my own so I can recycle and not use again!