Bekki Shanklin presents:

Bekki's Eco Boutique

Stylin' While Saving the World!!

Please feel comfortable dropping me a note to place an order: hibiscus.artist@live.com

Bekki's Hand-Painted Reusable Cloth Grocery Bags

Bekki's Writings &

Assorted Energy Saving Articles

Ecological & 'Click Here To Help' Links

In-House Water Conservation: The Dual Flush System!

Check out this recycled stuff! Incredible World-saving Info Sites
Totally Organic! More Incredible Artists! And MORE Art! (Matches the Bags!)
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Specialty Bags:

Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Special Orders (personal/business) ~ Fund Raisers

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ERRANDS-IN-PARADISE!

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BEKKI'S ECO BOUTIQUE!  STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS!! Hand-Painted Reusable Grocery Bags!

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Robin Shanklin, Bekki Shanklin, Anthony D'Angelo's Cooking For Men videos and so many others to be added on Bekki's WEB CHEF CITY site

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"Stylin' To 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.

I've started 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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Reusable bags, why are they so important?

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 shopping.

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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 at sea.

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 1973 (MARPOL).

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.

 

Here's more:

http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/story/22-flotsam_found.html

What 29,000 Lost Toys Have Told Us About Our Oceans

Our 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.

Please help.

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