Did you know a single-use plastic bag takes between 100-500 years to disintegrate, depending on the type of plastic? July 3 is International Plastic Bag Free Day, a global effort aimed to help eliminate plastic bags for good.
Using a single-use plastic bag might be convenient in the moment. In fact, they typically only get used for about 25 minutes before being discarded. But why use something for a few minutes that will take hundreds of years to break down? What’s worse, most single-use plastic bags can’t be recycled: 96% of the plastic bags that are sent to recycling facilities are not accepted and end up in the landfill.
Each of us can do our part to curb the use of single-use plastic. Here’s what you can do today:
Say no to plastic bags. Keep reusable totes in your car, around the house, and other hard-to-forget places as a reminder to bring them with you when you shop.
Get informed. Many of the products we use in day-to-day life contain single-use plastics. Learn more about why these are harmful to the environment and additional steps you can take.