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STOP Plastic Produce Bags!


STOP Plastic Produce Bags!


WHY?

Plastic Bags are in the top 5 list of most polluted items:

  1. Cigarette Butts
  2. Bottles and Bottle Caps
  3. Food Packaging
  4. Plastic Bags 
  5. Aluminum Cans

FACTS:

Plastic bags are made from petroleum products and natural gas, both non-renewable resources, and their manufacture helps to drive up gas prices. It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags that the U.S. uses every year. 

In just a single generation (roughly from 1940 to the present), our overwhelming reliance on plastics has created environmental problems such as crowded landfills, groundwater contamination, and ocean debris that future generations will still be cleaning up. 

In The United States:

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. Also, only 2% of plastics get recycled in the United States.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion).

The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. 


PAST SOLUTIONS:

We have been focusing on reducing plastic shopping bags, but not much has been done with the PLASTIC PRODUCE BAGS which are several of them inside every shopping bag.

We tried to ban the shopping bags, but not the produce bags. The above and below images clearly shows the gap in our past solution.


HOW DOES IT IMPACT YOU?

Have you heard of the Food Chain?

Your trash is eaten by marine animals after they photodegrade (break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits) and we humans consume fish products. So, your plastic trash comes back to you.


Surprisingly common fish-based products:

Think you are vegetarian? You will be surprised of the animals in your products (like fish).

Fish Based By-Products:

  1. Bear and Wine: Made from fish swimming bladders (common clarifier)
  2. Lipstick: Made from Fish Scales (to make it shine)
  3. Marshmallows: Get fluff from gelatin
    • If it was kosher or halal then it probably has fish gelatin
    • Made from boiling fish skin, bones, and connective tissue together
  4. Omega-3 Enhanced Foods: One common source of Omega-3 fatty acids is fish oil
  5. Worcestershire Sauce: Made from anchovies fermented in vinegar for a year and a half 


EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds: Microplastics Expert Workshop Report
Primary Author: Margaret Murphy, AAAS S&TP Fellow
Report Date: December 4, 2017

How much progress have we made as a country with this plastic bags ban?…check it out for yourself:


WE ARE HARMING MARINE LIFE:

Turtle mistakes plastic bag for jelly fish and eats it!More than 100,000 turtles die from ingesting plastic bags

Turtle mistakes plastic bag for jelly fish and eats it!

  • More than 100,000 turtles die from ingesting plastic bags
    • Once ingested, the plastic blocks the digestive tract and they starve to death
    • Others drown after being entangled in plastic waste

WE ARE HARMING LAND LIFE:


PLEDGE to switch to REUSABLE MESH PRODUCE BAGS:

One Reusable produce bag eliminates at least 1000 plastic bags in its lifetime.

Its lightweight

Produce can be put in the fridge with the bag

Breathable, wash and reuse.

It’s tested to be free from BPA, mercury, and lead.

It’s a safe way to go plastic-free and ditch the single use disposables.


REAL SOLUTION IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN ALL OF US CHANGE TO REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS.

PLEASE BE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND TAKE THIS PLEDGE TO MAKE THIS SMALL CHANGE TODAY!


THANK YOU for taking this Pledge! It helps us to determine the community impact of this project.

DISCLAIMER: We will not share your information with anyone, we only use the pledge information for running reports to determine project outcomes and next steps.





Project Lead: Amita Gowda, Grade 8

Project Start Date: 03/20/2020