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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Do you really need to use that plastic bag? The impacts of your choice to use a plastic grocery bag rather than a reusable one may be larger than you would realize. in Los Angeles, 10 metrictonnes of plasticis carried out to sea.This is about the same asan adult elephant weighs. Over millionplasticbagsareconsumed. Every year... Enough plastic is thrown awayto circle the Earth four times At least 12 million barrels of petroleumare used to manufacture plastic bags. Americans discard 33.6 million tonnes of plastic Why is this bad? Every minute... Every day... One bag can take more than1,000 years to degrade. The plastic remains toxicafter being broken down. The production includes usinglarge quantities of naturalgasses and petroleum, emittinggreenhouse gasses and leavingthe bag toxic. Plastic bags take 4.5 moreenergy to manufacturethan reusable bags. At least 267 species of animalshave suffered from entanglementor ingestion of plastic. 100,000s of marine animals and1 million birds die everyyear from marine debris. What can you do? Use reusable alternativesto plastic packaging. Recycle otherplastic packaging Share this information Sources: "Are Plastic Grocery Bags Sacking the Environment?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.BBC News. BBC, 28 Feb. 2008. Web. 09 Feb. 2015."The Effects of Plastic Bags on Environment." The Effects of Plastic Bags on Environment. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2015."Environmental Impacts." - NTEPA. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2015."Facts About the Plastic Bag PandemicShare." Www.reuseit.com/. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2015.Harsh, Rob. How Much Do Americans Throw Away (n.d.): n. pag. Web."Ocean Plastics Pollution." Ocean Plastics Pollution. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2015."Plastic Bag Statistics..." Plastic Bag Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2015."22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It) » EcoWatch." EcoWatch. N.p., 07 Apr. 2014. Web. 09 Feb. 2015."What Happens to All That Plastic? State of the Planet." State of the Planet What Happens to All That Plastic Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015. Image Sources: "Gallery For Factory Smoke Clipart." Gallery For Factory Smoke Clipart. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Happy Earth Day from San Diego Beer & Wine Tours!" N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."How to Chain an Elephant: Breaking the Shackles We've Placed on Ourselves." Steve Scotts Kindle Publishing Blog RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Large Red Singlet Carry Bag 250/Pk." Bags. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Los Angeles Becomes the Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags." Inhabitat Sustainable Design Innovation Eco Architecture Green Building . N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Marine Debris: Biodiversity Impacts and Potential Solutions." The Conversation. N.p., 23 Aug. 2011. Web."Marine Debris." Thank You Ocean. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."One | MAD about Words." MAD about Words. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Plastic Bags Manufacturers." & Wholesalers. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."Plastic Bags Manufacturers." & Wholesalers. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015."What Does That Recycling Word Mean?" The Minnesota Energy Challenge Blog. N.p., 09 Feb. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2015.
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