15 reuses for plastic zipper baggies
They can be rinsed and reused again and again, and when it’s time to take them out of food storage duty, they still have plenty of life left.
San Francisco’s shopping bag ban to broaden in October
A judge has upheld a law that is scheduled to go into effect next month that will extend the city’s historic ban.
Hawaii bans plastic bags
The island state is giving businesses two years to adjust to a world without plastic shopping bags.
Madison offers alternative to plastic bag banning
In lieu of tacking a fee on plastic shopping bags or banning them altogether, the city of Madison, Wis. will start to offer curbside recycling of the landfill-clogging buggers.
Seattle (finally) bans plastic shopping bags
After a groundbreaking measure to discourage consumers from using disposable plastic shopping bags was squashed by voters in 2009, Seattle is back in the bag-banning game in a big way.
Worldwide, we use more than 1 trillion plastic bags every year. Though many areas have worked to ban them, certain industries are against it, as are change-resistant consumers. This global survey shows you the trends.
240,000: Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds
1 billion: Number of plastic bags Americans use every year
30,000 tons: Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year
Less than 1 percent: Amount of plastic bags that are recycled
$4,000: Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags
$32: The amount that recycled product can be sold for
Read more about our garbage by the numbers.
The DIY plastic bag bra might be a little much — even for us. Got any better ideas for upcycling those old plastic bags? (You know, the ones leftover from your pre-reusable bag days.)
Celebrate plastic bag independence
July 3 is the 2011 International Plastic Bag-Free Day — a day you can declare independence from plastic bags.