Thoughtful shoppers say ‘No’ to plastic bags

November 20th, 2012 by Project Aware

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According to Project Aware an estimated 500,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 plastic bags are thrown away every year.

Many of these plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose, and if they decompose while buried in landfills they produce gases harmful to our environment.

Millions of plastic shopping bags add to the waste filling up the Mont Cuet landfill (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Large numbers of light-weight plastic shopping bags become wind blown after disposal.

Wind blown plastic shopping bags near the Mont Cuet landfill (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some end up in the sea where they kill wildlife such as turtles and marine birds.

A plastic shopping bag drifts in on the incoming tide in Belle Greve Bay (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

By reusing plastic bags or by using sturdy shopping bags that can be used over and over again, we can reduce the number of thin-film plastic shopping bags that escape into our environment.

A Boots plastic bag drifts in the QE II marina, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Reducing our use of thin-film plastic bags is a small gesture that we can make this festive season and beyond that will benefit our community and our environment.

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A plastic bag is an avoidable waste product. If we can reuse a bag we won’t need a new one.

A WH Smith plastic shopping bag blown out to Belle Greve Bay, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Wind blown plastic bags are litter that cost money to collect.

A plastic bag lies on the sea shore at La Valette on Guernsey's east coast (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

In the environment over a long time plastic bags will fragment into microscopic pieces.

In the sea these microscopic pieces may attract harmful substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls, which can be ingested by animals, and enter the food chain we rely on.

 

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