Save the World".. One Bag at a time.
It's time to start helping to change the
world. Many grocery stores now sell microfiber reusable grocery
bags. These stores are also starting to give discounts to shoppers
who use these bags in lieu of paper or plastic. Plastic bags cost
about $.07 per bag and stack up in land-fill taking about 1,000
years to degrade, IF they ever bio-degrade.
hand-painting the grocery bags
Click here: Bekki's
Hand-Painted Cloth Grocery Bags
so we can have beautiful
art as well as the ability to start helping the Earth instead of
wondering where to put all the plastic.
(Please see these images gathered from the
internet. I've put the credits under the pictures and please, if
there needs to be a written permission note to help promote the
information of what plastics are doing to the Earth, please contact
me at the address above with the permission or request that the info
and pictures be removed. Thanks, Bekki)
It is estimated that some 1
million seabirds and 100,000 other marine animals including turtles,
whales, dugongs and countless fish are killed as a result of plastic
litter every year.
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image in its original context on the page:
Reusable bags, why are they so
Every year hundreds
of thousands of animals and birds are killed and injured by
plastic bags. A plastic bag is used on average for only 12
minutes, yet it's legacy can last several lifetimes.
Every year in the UK
we use 10 billion plastic bags a year- that is 167 per person -
most of which are thrown away after just one use.
Most bags will end up
in landfill sites, but many will clutter up our waterways, seas
and landscape, causing untold harm to wildlife.
The answer lies in
your hands - simply refuse to accept any more plastic bags and
carry your own stock of reusable bags with you when you go
550 x 364 - 37k
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Marine debris consists of plastic litter washed or blown
from land into the sea, fishing gear abandoned or lost by
recreational and commercial fishers, and solid non-biodegradable
floating materials (such as plastics) disposed of or lost by ships
Plastic materials are defined as bags, bottles, strapping
bands, sheeting, synthetic ropes, synthetic fishing nets, floats,
fibreglass, piping, insulation, paints and adhesives. Disposal of
plastics at sea is totally prohibited by the
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
Seven billion tons of various types of litter enter the
world's oceans every year. Plastics, which generally make up about
60 percent of rubbish, are the worst offenders and can last for
10-20 years on the ocean floor before decomposing.
29,000 Lost Toys Have Told Us About Our Oceans
oceans sure look pretty from afar, but
if you take a closer look, you'll find plenty of gross stuff lurking
around. There are as many as 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in
each square mile of ocean, threatening the health of our seas,
especially the marine wildlife inhabiting them. But there is at
least one good thing scientists can get from all this junk: a better
understanding of the behavior of complicated ocean currents, which
are shaped by a number of disparate forces and affect, among other
things, the climate and the distribution of Earth's life forms. By
studying the movement of ocean flotsam—in particular, the movement
of 29,000 bathtub toys that were lost from a cargo ship in
1992—retired oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer has uncovered quite a
bit about our ocean's currents and the places they carry litter.
Join WIRED Science host Ziya
Tong as she and Ebbesmeyer explore the mysteries of surface currents
and discover just how much bathtub toys and messages-in- bottles can
tell us about our beloved oceans. Learn, too, about a section of the
ocean appropriately called the "Great Garbage Patch" and about a
piece of software called OSCURS that can determine, from just its
starting point and date, exactly where a lost piece of plastic will
end up years later.