While the debate regarding climate change continues to rage, there is no debate that we each have a role to play in protecting our environment. Now, is the time when we should all take a moment to reflect on our own daily routine and its environmental effect. An enlightening report recently focused attention on the worldwide problem of single-use plastic bags. It is commonly estimated that 500 billion plastic bags are consumed each year, although many environmentalist organizations claim that the number is closer to 1 trillion.
Many of the plastic bags used end up in the ocean, and are the second most common ocean refuse after cigarette butts. It has been estimated that every square mile of ocean has approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.
According to the United Nations:
- 10% of the plastic produced every year worldwide will end up in the ocean
- Once in the ocean or landfills a plastic bag will take 400 to 1,000 years to degrade
- No more than 5% of the bags made are ever recycled
One way to help this global problem is to use reusable bags when shopping. These are becoming more commonplace, and are available at many places, but most of these are made from synthetic materials produced inexpensively. They also eventually end up in a landfill, and like the plastic bags they replace, will not decompose. We suggest using the Libeco Home Original Sailing Totes for all of your shopping. They are soft, roomy, flexible, multi-pocketed and fully washable. Available in two sizes and two great neutral colors, these bags have two generous zipper pockets inside and 4 roomy pockets outside. And because linen is a natural fiber, and an ecological choice for fabric, they are a much smarter choice to help the earth. So, whether you are going to the farmers market, the grocer, or your local drugstore, please remember to bring your multi-functional Original Sailing tote. It’s a smart choice for a better planet.