Reduce, Reuse, Recycle….Regulate?

May 8, 2008

There are more plastic bags in the world than people.

A lot more. 500 Billion are sold every year!

And it would be so easy for people not to use them, but it’s not happening fast enough! And, according to Trend Watching:

‘if left to corporations, it will take years and years of half-assessed pilot programs to beg consumers to bring their own, or charge them a few cents per bag. (To no avail: most consumers will gladly pay up. Only when the price is raised to 20 cents, like it was in Ireland, will consumers start to take notice). The only solution: governments stepping in, and getting rid of the bags all together, leaving all parties involved no choice but to deal with it.’

Some fast facts:

  • Almost 80% of plastic bag use is by consumers in North America and Western Europe
  • 1,460 plastic bags are used in a year by an average family of four in the US
  • Less than 1% of all plastic bags are recycled in the US
  • It takes 1,000 years for plastic bags to degrade

Plastic bags are already banned in towns and villages throughout the world from Alaska to Tanzania, from Ireland to Italy.

Time we caught on.


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