Plastic bags and oil consumption
goes through 380 billion of them a year.
A statistics class at Indiana U did the math: more than 1.6 billion gallons of oil are used each year for plastic bags alone. The more we use plastic bags, the more we waste oil.
Compounding the problem is the fact that, not only do we make tons ofplastic bags(anduse lots of oil in the process) we only recycle 1 percent. One lousy percent. It pitiful. If buried, they block the natural flow of oxygen and water through the soil. If burned, they release dangerous toxins and carcinogens into the air. The damage is even more severe when the bags end up in the ocean, where thousands of sea turtles and other marine life die each year after mistaking plastic bags for food.
Plastic bag litter has become such an environmentaldilemma that Ireland, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, and Bangladesh have heavily taxedplastic bagsor banned their use outright. How it working for them? In 2001, Ireland consumed 1.2 billion plastic bags, or 316 per person. A plastic bag consumption tax, 37 ce fake rolex nts per bag, introduced in 2002 reduced consumption by 90%! Approximately 18,000,000 liters of fake rolex oil have been saved due to this reduced production. An outright ban in China is expected to save that country 37 million barrels of oil each year.
How idea of reducing plastic bagsand saving millions of barrels of oil working for us? In March 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban plastic bags in retail stores. Before the ban, San Francisco used 180 million plastic bags per year. The ban cut the city plastic bag use by five fake rolex million each month. Other US cities are considering implementing a fake rolex similar ban or tax but we have a long way to go. In the meantime, we can all make a difference by bringing a reusable bag or box along whenwe shop. What we need to do is get this information out there and to the legislators so somthing can be enacted to ban the use of plastic bags. Can you see asking either presidential candidate about their use of plastic bags or what their wives would carry to the grocery store? The question would be laughed at. Let get this information into the mainstream. Action needs to be taken and people don realize the impact.