By some estimates, between 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are consumed world-wide every year; Americans are responsible for around 100 billion of those -- that's a lot. Towns like Modbury in the UK, cities like San Francisco in the US and stores like IKEA are all trying to do something about it, by banning them. Treehugger for the full story.
One plastic bag can take up to 100 years to decompose... how many did you throw out this week? Try Biobags.... biodegradable trash bags!
OR.... turn those unwanted plastic bags into fabric!
One idea that seems to be a hit amongst the DIY and creative arty crowd is to fuse various plastic bags together and make fabric out of them. The basic process is to iron the plastic bags, with a sheet of baking paper between iron and plastic, until two or more sheets fuse together. Full story at Treehugger.
If you do decide to throw out old ones, which we all do, please put knots in the bag so the wind doesn't catch it in the landfill and create litter ;)
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