I Am Loved By... Saving The Planet One Bag at a Time
- "As a proud housewife who regularly felt slightly guilty when, after putting the shopping in the cupboards I'd throw the plastic bags in the bin … I now get just a small tingle of pleasure each day knowing I don’t do so any more!"
- "After I bought one I felt good, really good"
- "I grabbed one and felt loved :)"
- "I am doing my best to help save Earth, that's all I can do"
Anyone Else Want to Help Us Save Mother Earth …
One Bag, Bottle & Straw at a Time?
Our campaign is rolling out locally and we’re getting the word out as best we can. Now we’re looking to take it to good people across the globe … HELP US and YOU’LL BE LOVED TOO!
We have no right to spoil, contaminate, plunder ... there is NO Planet B
The I Am Loved By... campaign is designed to give the magnificent, diverse and innocent we share this besieged planet with some credit. For their sake, as well as our own, let's get this mess sorted!
Throw an 'I Am Loved EcoBag' in the cart today and not only will you enjoy a warm fuzzy feeling inside, but you WILL be loved … AND not only will you be helping in your very small way, reduce the use of plastic but we’ll also donate 10% of profits to some amazing eco charities.
It’s clear - plastic is killing all of us.
Death across the globe, dead flora and fauna, turtles trapped in bags and whales with stomachs full of the stuff.
Plastic is a man-made, modern-day catastrophe.
It's made to last forever by vast, faceless petrochemical companies. 33 percent of all plastic - water bottles, bags and straws are used just once then carelessly and thoughtlessly thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.
Every nano-second an innocent animal somewhere across the globe becomes entangled in plastic, it's mistake for food and feed to young. It's found littered in even the most extreme corners of Mother Earth. According to reports, plastic in our oceans outweighs zooplankton by a ratio of 36-to-1.
Everything suffers: tourism, recreation, business, the health of humans, animals, fish and birds, all because of plastic pollution.
We get on with our busy lives with no thought for our actions. There’s no denying it. Single-use disposable plastic bags are suffocating the planet.
An estimated 60,000 plastic bags being consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds. Supermarkets produce a whopping 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year in the UK.
It's OK, we can recycle ... can't we?
Plastic bags are generally made using non-renewable resources, either petroleum or natural gas and incredibly difficult to recycle. They take a huge amount of energy to manufacture, transport and recycle. They don’t break down in landfill due to lack of oxygen and light, releasing dangerous chemicals as they fester.
The industry that produces them does not want to buy them back. Most ‘recycled’ bags end up in landfill sites or are shipped to Asia, where workers in sweatshop conditions cherry pick our trash looking for plastics that can be melted down and reused there. The open-melting methods they use are incredibly toxic further contributing to the problem.
Plastic in our Oceans
In the North Pacific Ocean there's an isolated place called Midway Atoll, home to the largest albatross colony in the world. These birds forage hundreds of miles out to sea in search of food for their offspring then come to nest on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Thousands upon thousands die after ingesting substantial amounts of plastic waste ... discarded by us. All the plastic found in the birds on Midway Atoll is brought to the island by albatross parents who fed them to their young. An estimated 4 tons of plastic accumulates on the island every day.
Over 90% of the Earth’s wildlife is oceanic, imagine that!
Millions of species created over millions of years. Then along came modern man and within the few years since the invention of plastic bags in 1965, all of it is at risk. Floating plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by marine animals that feed on them. All sea life is under threat due to mass ingestion of plastics. Pieces of plastic fester in stomachs, leaving no room for real food.
In August 2000 an autopsy of a beached whale’s stomach revealed twenty square feet of mostly single-use plastic shopping bags which took up its entire stomach. Similar cases have occurred with animals across the planet over the last three decades, since plastic bags were introduced.
They say it's biodegradable! Plastic does not degrade, it simply breaks down becoming microplastic and is unavoidably eaten by aquatic organisms, small fish and jellyfish. Microplastic enters the food chain in increasing concentrations as larger fish feed on smaller ones and other animals feed on the fish – including human beings.
The litter mountains found on the outskirts of our towns and cities are horrific but not isolated. Plastic bags contribute heavily to the formation of the quagmire of plastic debris in the North Pacific Ocean, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
1.6 million square kilometers with a concentration of 10–100 kg per square kilometer. They estimate an 80,000 metric tons in the patch, with 1.8 trillion plastic pieces, out of which 92% of the mass is to be found in objects larger than 0.5 centimeters. (wikipedia)
According to program director of Wild Studies Institute, Kristen Parke, since all drains lead to the ocean, 80% of all the debris found in the ocean starts from a land-based source.
So Who’s Doing What?
- The first nationwide ban on plastic bags was enacted over a decade ago in Bangladesh, after plastic bags blocked storm drains, causing massive floods.
- In 2004 Sydney’s Oyster Bay in Australia banned plastic bags outright.
- Rwanda has been completely plastic bag-free for many years.
- Towns in England have been following suit, beginning with the town of Modbury which went plastic bag-free in 2007.
- China banned plastic bags in 2008 and in the first year of doing so they eliminated the use of over 40 billion single-use plastic bags.
- India’s capital, New Delhi has passed tough laws that ban retailers from handing out plastic bags and can result in fines or jail time for plastic-bag manufacturers.
- Bhutan recently put Gross National Happiness before consumption and banned plastic bags altogether.
- The state of South Australia banned plastic bags in 2009,
- Mexico City banned stores from supplying plastic bags to customers the same year.
- Ireland’s 15-cent fee on every plastic bag reduced usage by 90% in the first 3 months,
- Italy was the first European country to ban plastic bags outright.
- Switzerland, Holland and Germany have had no-bag policies for many years now, with all new plastic bags carrying fees.
- In recent years, over 200 communities across the States have introduced anti-bag measures. Due to a lack of governmental regulation of plastic bags, U.S. citizens are taking it upon themselves to eliminate the scourge.
- In 2007, San Francisco became the first American city to ban plastic bags in specific stores, and similar bans now exists in coastal North Carolina and Portland.
- By Earth Day 2008 Whole Foods Market had stopped using plastic bags across its stores completely.
- In 2010 Washington, D.C. imposed a plastic bag fee that instantly reduced plastic bag use from 22.5 million to 3 million per month.
- Meanwhile, 30 rural communities in Alaska have banned plastic bags, while more bans are due to take effect in Texas, Hawaii, American Samoa and Maui.
- In 2011 Chestertown, in Maryland, introduced a plastic bag ban.
- This year, Aspen, Colorado has banned grocers from handing out plastic bags and added a 20 cent fee to paper bags too.
- Other cities across the U.S. have legislature on plastic ban sales that will come into effect later this year.
What Can YOU Do About Mess?
What, with all the trials and tribulations daily life brings coupled with relentless global warming warnings, you may well be forgiven for burying your head in the sand ... Don't!
When it comes to plastic the 4 environmental ‘R’s apply:
The scale of this issue seems overwhelming and it very well could be if we look at individually. But here's the thing, We all contributed, each and every one of us, one bag at a time.
So the great news is that we can fix it one bag and piece of plastic at a time!
Reduce and reuse – Buy a reusable bag
Buy a fabric bag such as cotton or jute bag. If you get caught out, ask in store whether they can supply a box or crate to transport your shopping in. You can always keep boxes or crates some in your car too, in case of an emergency.
When a teller asks "would you like a bag for that?" for those couple of bars of chocolate ... say No!, Struggle to the car knowing that YOU are doing your bit
Reuse and recycle – Keep plastic bags out of the bin
If you have a lot of them, thrift stores are often in need of clean plastic bags. If they are not intact you can always put them in your compost bin, and stick them back in whenever you dig out the compost to use in your garden. This way, although they probably won’t decompose in your lifetime, at least they are kept out of sea turtles’ guts.
Repair – The coastal environment needs you
The quagmire is not getting any smaller, and it is virtually impossible to remove now. However, you can still help by taking part in voluntary beach clean ups of plastic debris which take place on beaches across the country. If you can’t find one near you, pick a coastline and organize your own. You will save countless needless deaths.
Although it's no secret people need to face up to the truth about plastic bags. Buy natural, reusable bags for friends and family members for their birthdays and Christmas. Encourage local independent businesses to trash the plastic. Talk to your neighborhood about plastic bag litter and talk to those with the power about introducing a ban on plastic bags in your city or neighbourhood. Any small difference you make to halting plastic bag use will make a huge difference to the lives of countless species of animals across the world.