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Plastic Bags

4 December 2007

Now in the season of insane holiday shopping, it’s a good time to take a step back and consider exactly how many plastic bags you’re accumulating. Plastic bags are a big problem for the environmental worldwide for a glut of reasons.

Plastic bag facts:

    • # of plastic bags used per person each week….16
    • # of plastic bags Americans throw away every year….100 billion
    • # of plastic bags used worldwide annually…. 500 billion – 1 trillion
    • # of years these mountains of plastic can last…. 1,000

So, what can the ordinary consumer do? While recycling plastic bags is a step in the right direction, it’s even better to not use them in the first place. So while doing your shopping, you should consider using/buying reusable bags for the people in your life. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles and are an easy way to reduce your use (check out Reusable Bags for ideas).

And if you’re looking for the best new green grocery shopping accessory, or want to give a loved one a comprehensive earth-friendly shopping kit, may I recommend including BYO Bags: reusable, washable, lightweight and delightful produce bags! I always felt a little sad putting plastic produce bags into my reusable grocery bags, but with my BYO Bags I can eschew plastic entirely. Plus everyone who sees them loves them. Perfect for stocking stuffers and made locally by Ann Hansen in St. Paul. For more questions or to order some, contact Ann at or 651-643-0762.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 December 2007 6:05 am

    Good points. And we also need to consider all the other forms of plastic that go into our reusable grocery bags, considering how many products are packaged in plastic these days. I wrote a piece on my blog about minimizing plastic consumption while shopping in mainstream grocery stores. You might find it useful:

    And here is a list of ideas for ridding many forms of plastic from your life:


  2. 5 December 2007 7:57 am

    Giving reusable bags is a great way to get the word out about the impact of plastic on our environment while still being able to spread a little holiday cheer!

    May I suggest stylish and colorful cotton bags for only 16 bucks. and if you buy 3, you get 1 free!

  3. 3 January 2008 1:52 pm

    I have to recommend ChicoBag ( because that’s my favorite reusable bag. It’s the only one I never forget because it compresses into its own self-contained pouch and has a little clip on it so I can clip it to my key ring.

    They also come in tons of colors, which is great for gifts. I used my bags as gift wrap this year for the holidays so I was saving on wrapping paper and giving an extra little gift of a bag to boot!

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