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Happy Earth Week! Today is my day to host the “Celebrate Earth Day All Week Blogging Event” and I am going to focus on plastic waste. Before I get started, make sure you check out the other blogs participating Moms Wear Your Tees, Tales of the Wife, Retro Housewife Goes Green, The Crunchy Wife, and The Eco Friendly Family. I will warn you right now that this post contains some disturbing information and images.
There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t use plastic bags, but I am going to focus today on the one reason that I find most disturbing. Did you know that the worlds largest landfill is floating in the Pacific Ocean?
Oh yeah, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. The world’s largest landfill can be found floating between Hawaii and San Fransisco. It is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and sea currents and wind carry waste from all over the world to this spot. Although scientists cannot agree on the exact size and depth of the patch, it is estimated to be twice the size of Texas and over 100 feet deep. Plastic makes up 90% of the patch. A study done by the UN Environmental Program in 2006 estimated that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. They also conducted plankton studies and found that in many areas the amount of plastic in the water outnumbered the plankton by 6 to 1.
We are destroying our beautiful oceans and harming marine life. 76% of dead sea turtles found in the Western Mediterranean were found to have ingested plastic debris. Sea bird skeletons on the Hawaiian islands are found with guts filled with plastic. Below are three horrifying photos of the damage we are doing. I hate to post these, but it just might be what someone needs to see to spark a need for change. As you see in the first photo a sea turtle is snacking on a piece of plastic, which is not uncommon. The second picture is an unaltered sea bird skeleton filled with ingested plastic pieces. The third picture shows a sea turtle, permanently deformed by plastic.
First off, I love how the kit contains both a door hanger to remind you, as well as a neoprene steering wheel reminder. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten in the car and looked at the steering wheel, which reminded me to run inside and grab my bags. The bag is easy to toss in your purse and when folded up is smaller than my cell phone, yet holds 3 plastic sacks worth of groceries. This kit would make the perfect gift, or be the perfect place to start with using reusable bags.
The reusable produce bags are fabulous as well. I have been stopped in the produce section a few times now and asked about them. I love that because it gives me the opportunity to share them with someone else and influence them to make one little step to help with the plastic problem. They are very roomy and I haven’t had anything yet that doesn’t fit in them. They are made of mesh and are practically weightless, so it is not adding to your produce total one little bit. I’ve also received compliments on them from cashiers.
It includes one compact reusable bag with a clip, one door hanger, one steering wheel wrap and one small reusable pouch to store it all in.
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