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The sad story of the harmless disposable

plastic bags that, with so much sleeve,


give us the packers of the supermarket ...
Information released by the US
Environmental Protection Agency reveals
that approximately 500 billion trillion
bags of plastic bags are consumed each
year around the world. (National
Geographic News September 2, 2003)
Less than 1% of the bags are recycled. It
is more expensive to recycle a plastic bag
than to produce a new one.
- Christian Science Monitoring Newspaper

"There is a rough economy, behind the


recycling of plastic bags. Processing and
recycling a ton of plastic bags costs $
4000; the same amount is sold in the
commodities market at $ 32 ".
- Jared Blumenfeld (Director of the Department of Environment in San
Francisco)

So
Where are the bags going?
A 1975 study showed that transoceanic vessels were collectively
dumping 4 million kilos of plastic into the sea each year. The reason the
world's landfills were not flooded with plastic was because most of
them ended up in the ocean.

- National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Bags are washed away ...

... to different parts of our land

... and to our seas, lakes and rivers.

The bags find their way to the sea, in the drains and pipes

- CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007

Plastic bags have been found floating


north of the Arctic Circle near
Spitzbergen and even farther south in the
Falkland Islands
- British Antarctic Survey

Plastic bags account for more than 10% of the waste, which comes
ashore off the US coast. UU.

- National Marine Waste Monitoring Program

Plastic bags are photodegraded: with the passage of time decompose


into smaller and toxic petro-polymers

- CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007

which will ultimately contaminate soils and waterways

- CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007

As a consequence, microscopic particles can become part of the food


chain

- CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007


The effect on wildlife can be catastrophic

- WWF Report 2005

The birds are trapped without hope

- WWF Report 2005

About 200 different species of marine life, including whales, dolphins,


seals and turtles, die from plastic bags

- WWF Report 2005

They die after ingesting plastic bags, which they confuse with food

- WWF Report 2005

So
What do we do?

If we use a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags


per week
That is, 24 bags a month
That is, 288 bags a year
That is, 22176 bags during an average
life
If only 1 in 5 people in our country did
this we would save 1,330,560,000,000
bags over our lives
Bangladesh banned plastic bags
- MSNBC.com March 8, 2007
China banned free plastic bags
- CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

Ireland was the first country in Europe


to impose taxes on plastic bags in 2002.
In this way, it has reduced consumption
by 90%.
BBC News August 20, 2002

In 2005, Rwanda banned plastic bags


-Added Partner

Israel, Canada, West India, Botswana,


Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan
and Singapore have also banned or are in
the process of banning plastic bags
- PlanetSave.com February 16, 2008

On March 27, 2007, San Francisco


became the first US city. In prohibiting
plastic bags
- NPR.org (National Public Radio)

Oakland and Boston are considering ban


- The Boston Globe May 20, 2007
The plastic bags are made of
polyethylene: a thermoplastic that is
obtained from petroleum
- CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007

Reducing the use of plastic bags, will


reduce the consumption of oil, non-
renewable resource and which causes so
many fights ...
China will save 37 million barrels of oil
each year thanks to a ban on free plastic
bags
- CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

It's possible...
There are people who ignore all this ...
but you do not

YOU ALREADY KNOW!!!

It's just a matter of making a point of


it; and after a while it becomes
customary to bring back - as before - the
"net" for the warrant ...
If you do not redistribute it, nothing will happen to you. If you do,
you'll feel better.