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the problems with plastic bags

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the problems with plastic bags

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									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 karen@ecosuperior.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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