Do Something Drastic--Cut the Plastic!
We're starting with Single Use Plastic Bags!
Greenfield Zero Waste.org is now Greenfield Rights of Nature.info
1) The U.S. uses over 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually
2) An average American Family uses over 1,000 bags every year!
3) 12 million barrels of oil per year are used to manufacture the polyethylene bags we use in the U. S.
4) Only 1-3% of Plastic bags get recycled
5) Plastic bags can take more than 1000 years to decompose completely in landfills
6) Even when incinerated, they contribute toxins to our atmosphere
7) When plastic bags are ingested by marine life and mammals, it can kill them and release toxins into our food
8) According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through over 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually.
9) 86% of all known species of sea turtles have had reported problems of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris: over 1 billion annual deaths of marine mammals/sea turtles/birds. These animals suffer: plastic obstructs their intestines or they choke to death.