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It takes 12 million barrels of oil to make our Plastic Bags each year!

PAPER or PLASTIC?

Use Canvas Instead!

Did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to make them.

It takes one 15-year-old tree to produce 700 paper grocery bags.

One supermarket can use all of them in under an hour!

Each high quality, reusable canvas bag in use has the potential to replace 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.

Reduce...Reuse...Recycle...Rebuy It all comes back to you!  

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  • 27 miles North of Houston
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Comment balloon 18 commentsPippa Mac • August 27 2008 10:48AM

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Ouch - I had no idea.  I have been using reusable bags for over a year now  so I feel better, but there are still so many people who don't!

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) over 10 years ago

wow wow wow. I had no idea it was that crazy...thanks for the post.

Posted by Travis Newton, FHA, USDA, VA, LOAN EXPERT - Salem OR Homes For Heroes SALEM OREGON (Salem and Bend Oregon FHA, VA & USDA 503.931.4490) over 10 years ago

And that is why when possible I don't get a bag with my goods. Drives me insane that they want to give you a bag for ONE item! Plastic bags is oil that can otherwise be used for gas and bring down that good ole gas price.

Posted by Billie Chubb (Chubb Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Thanks for this enlightening info. I did not know that. However, I am very big on recycling. I always get upset with my husband when I see him throwing away the plastic bottle or beer can.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) over 10 years ago

I believe the use of plastic bags by retail establishments should be banned. The only exception would be to wrap various fresh meats to prevent the spillage of any fluids.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 10 years ago

Yikes !   The numbers just get crazier and crazier.  We mostly use the canvas bags and always recycle the plastic.  Good reminder.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago

I have to agree w/ Sean Allen's comments. I need to use plastic bags every now and then. For example, I have had to use those "vegeteble plastic bags" for my chicken/meat purchases before I put them in my canvas bags. Thanks for the post Pippa (Gotta love that name!)

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 10 years ago

I have to agree w/ Sean Allen's comments. I need to use plastic bags every now and then. For example, I have had to use those "vegeteble plastic bags" for my chicken/meat purchases before I put them in my canvas bags. Thanks for the post Pippa (Gotta love that name!)

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 10 years ago

I have to agree w/ Sean Allen's comments. I need to use plastic bags every now and then. For example, I have had to use those "vegeteble plastic bags" for my chicken/meat purchases before I put them in my canvas bags. Thanks for the post Pippa (Gotta love that name!)

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 10 years ago

Recycling is a linchpin for sustainability.    Don't be caught still using plastic bags, when there are so many viable & "green" alternatives.    It's up to us, as individuals!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 10 years ago

Great idea, my wife always uses her own bags at the supermarket and else where.

A second benifit is her bags don't rip, carry heavy things and fit more in them.

There is a law in NYC I understand which deals with some of this.

It is not only the oil, it is the issue of dumping them.

Richard

Posted by Richard Stabile, Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

The reusable bags I bought from my grocery store are more durable than plastic or paper bags and they come in handy for lots of other things.  I use them to carry towels when we are going to the beach and toys for my daughter when we are on vacation.  

Posted by Rebecca Anne Cole (PNC Mortgage ) over 10 years ago

I make sure I had a good supply of canvas bags in my trunk!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 10 years ago

I've got the bags from my local grocery...be darned if I know where they are...but you are going to make me go look for them....later!

On at least a positive note, I resuse all my plastic bags as garbage sacks, so they don't just get thrown away, and I don't have to buy seperate garbage bags. I think that's a good thing, right?

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) over 10 years ago

Save the bags!  Save the oil.  Ok, Ok.  I'll start tomorrow.  Kristin

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 10 years ago

Thom and Ray .... yes, thanks for saving and resusing plastic bags, its a step in the right direction

Kristin  ... thanks

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 10 years ago

What a disturbing picture and statistics.  Our town is aiming for no more plastic shopping bags in the next few years.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Dont forget the huge amount of water wasted in the process of making paper bags.

Posted by Shane OnullGorman, Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell (Eau Claire Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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