... But those plastic shopping bags (along with all other plastic items) have since become a global plague beyond anyone’s imagination.
We’ve all seen the heart-rending photos of seabirds and seals choking to death on those plastic 6-pack rings (100,000 marine mammals die each year because of plastic debris, along with millions of birds and fish) and heard the numbing statistics about pollution caused by plastic bottles.
What you can do to help
1. Make a conscious decision to stop buying junk that you know-in-your-heart will end up in the trash soon after you get it home.
2. Instead of wasting gas while idling in the drive-thru line, waiting for your morning jolt or burger in a disposable container, buy a thermos or travel mug and make your own coffee and lunch.
3. Find products that are either made from recycled, biodegradable and non-toxic materials and/or packaged in them. It may take some research on your part, but they do exist and they’re not necessarily more expensive.
4. Be responsible for your own “packaging.”
5. Encourage the shops, grocery stores, schools and restaurants in your community to switch to more sustainable packaging and provide more recycling/composting receptacles.
6. Teach your children well. Encourage them to volunteer for clean-up drives in your town and on the beaches.
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