Environment and Use of Plastic Bags

July 21, 2018 7:31 am28 commentsViews: 497

Environmental Repercussions of Plastic Bags

Environmentalists and others are now protesting and raising awareness of our daily use of HDPEs. The rather common appearance of a stray plastic bag floating down the street and the abundance of bags piled high in our landfills is a sign that something needs to change. The life span of a single plastic bag is anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years and according to the Wall Street Journal Americans go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags a year.

Awareness of the Environmental Damage of Plastic Grocery Bags

Awareness has risen and most stores which supply plastic bags on a large scale now also supply recycling for them as well. Many stores now also sell reusable bags made out of cloth, hemp or cotton as another alternative to plastic bags. Some stores are going even further though to offer incentive to customers using reusable bags. IKEA has now stopped providing any HDPE bags whatsoever and only provide reusable bags for a small cost. This action alone has cut plastic bag use in their stores by 92%. And while it’s a step in the right direction, customers continue to roll out of grocery stores and other shops with countless plastic bags in hand.

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