THE PROBLEMS WITH PLASTIC WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? Where to find reusable shopping BAGS: bags in Thunder Bay: There’s a lot of talk going on around the Did you know? world about the problems with plastic A&P bags. Ireland imposed a tax on plastic Safeway **It is estimated that between 500 billion bags, which resulted in a 90 % decrease Quality Market and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed in consumption, while raising funds for Superstore worldwide each year. Canadians alone the environment. Some retailers charge a Wal-Mart use an average of 55 million bags per small fee for bags. Other retailers, cities Georges Market week! and even countries have banned them Chaltrek altogether. We can all do our part by Finnport **Only 1-5 % of bags get recycled. The refusing disposable shopping bags, by Thunder Bay Country Market rest are thrown away. Billions of bags using our own reusable bags or bins, or EcoSuperior end up as litter throughout the world, simply carrying our purchases in hand, Thunder Bay Public Library finding their way into trees and fences, pocket or purse. Shoppers Drug Mart clogging sewers and waterways and LCBO killing or injuring wildlife (estimates Tips: It helps to have a few bags on suggest hundreds of thousands of birds, hand. As soon as you empty your bags, If you know of any other places to buy cloth fish, turtles, sea and land mammals are put them by the door, in your pocket or or other reusable shopping bags, please let killed each year from ingesting plastic purse, or in your car, so you will be more us know. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or bags). likely to remember them. call 624-2148. If you do forget your bags, many grocers **It can take between 15 and 1000 years are selling reusable bags at very For more information about the problems for a plastic bag to break down. But it reasonable prices. Buy one to use, and if with plastic bags and what we can do about doesn’t end there…they just break down you have too many at home, pass one on it, check out some of these websites: into smaller toxic bits that end up to a friend. www.bringyourownbag.ca, polluting our soils and waterways. www.reusablebags.com, If you do need to use disposable plastic www.estringbags.com.au, **Shopping bags are not free. Their cost bags, reduce the number you take by www.plasticshoppingbagfree.org.nz. is hidden in the prices we pay for our putting more in each bag. products. Plus, we also pay to deal with the side-effects of pollution, litter, energy consumption and loss of wildlife.
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