The sad story of the harmless disposable bags that the baggers at the supermarket so freely “gift” us
Information released by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States reveals that every year approximately, between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are consumed around the world. ( National Geographic 2nd of September, 2003)
Less than 1% of the bags are recycled. It is more expensive to recycle a plastic bag than to produce a new one. - Journal of the Christian Science Monitor
“ There exists a rough economy behind the recycling of the plastic bags . To process and recycle a ton of plastic bags costs $4,000: the same quantity is sold in the market from prime materials at $32. - Jared Blumenfeld (Director Of the Departament of the Environment in San Francisco)
A study in 1975 demonstrated that the transoceanic embarkations threw as a group 8 million pounds of plastic into the sea each year. The reason for which the landfills of the world were not inundated with plastic was because the majority of it ended up in the ocean. National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.
If only 1 out of every 5 people on our planet did this, we would save 1.330.560.000.000 bags during our lives
Bangladesh prohibited the plastic bags - MSNBC.com 8 de marzo, 2007
China prohibited free plastic bags - CNN.com/asia 9th of January, 2008
Ireland was the first in Europe to put taxes on plastic bags in 2002. In this way, they have reduced consumption by 90%. <ul><li>BBC News 20 th of August, 2002 </li></ul>
In 2005, Rwanda prohibited plastic bags - Associated Press
Israel, Canada, Western India, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan and Singapore also have prohibited or are in the process of prohibiting plastic bags - PlanetSave.com 16 th of February, 2008
On the 27 th of March of 2007, San Francisco turned into the first city in the U.S.A. to prohibit plastic bags - NPR.org (National Public Radio)
Oakland and Boston are considering the prohibition - The Boston Globe 20 th of May, 2007
The plastic bags are made of polyethylene: a thermo-plastic that is obtained from petroleum - CNN.com/tecnhology 16 th of November, 2007
Reducing the use of plastic bags will diminish the consumption of petroleum, non-renewable resources and all the hassles it creates...
China will save 37 million barrels of petroleum every year thanks to the prohibition of free plastic bags - CNN.com/asia 9 th of January, 2008
It's possible that... There are people that ignore all this… … but not you… Now you know!!!
It's nothing more than a question of wanting to make a change; and soon it will become a habit… Will you join us? ....or not? Jolubate te invita. Si no lo haces, no te va a pasar nada. Si lo haces, TU te sentiras mejor.