Earth Day

Earth day is coming up this Wednesday!

What will you be doing to show some love to our planet?

One thing I’ve been doing is working on not using so many plastic shopping bags! So whenever I go shopping, I bring along my own tote bags. And not just to the grocery store either!

Here’s a sample of some images I’ve created for CafePress!

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More and more plastic shopping bags are piling up in our landfills!!

Consider the following shocking facts about plastic shopping 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 bag choke landfills
  • Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers, and lakes
  • There are alternatives to plastic bags. All of this death and pollution is unnecessary

Read more: “Say No To Plastic Bags: The Shocking Facts About Polyethylene Bags”

What are your thoughts about plastic bags?

Happy Shopping!

Really Amazing Recycled Art!

http://www.designswan.com/archives/recycled-art.html

Recycled plastic rugs!


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