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Reusable Grocery Bags

by Lata P.

After looking at the seven bundles of plastic grocery bags stuck in my pantry closet, a vision of mother Earth filled with these plastic trash, actually made me nauseous. Next few days I surfed internet to know the gravity of the plastic trash in our landfills and I must say that was a rude awakening. I decided since I can't throw away things from my toothbrush to computers, to microwave or deck furniture; one thing I sure can do is to use reusable grocery bags to reduce the toxic trash.

I designed a Earth Saver bags, borrowed $8000.00 for the project and ordered 10,000 reusable bags. I registered as a not for profit corporation and was ready to campaign to SAVE THE EARTH. As I became more knowledgeable about the vast environmental problems, I created a power point presentation and began going to schools, institutions, Earth fairs to educate people and sell the bags at the cost of $1.00 for a bag.

The presentation hammers the info like: Plastic bags take 400 – 1,000 years to degrade. Research has shown that instead of biodegrading, plastic photo-degrades. With sunlight, plastic breaks up into small pieces. Each bit of plastic behaves like a sponge, soaking up toxic chemicals like PCB’s and DDT, which can contaminate soil and water. Utilizing one less plastic or paper bag per shopping trip can have a huge impact on the environment.

In fact, in New York City alone, just one less plastic grocery bag per shopping trip, per person per year would reduce its waste by five million pounds and save over $250,000 in disposal costs. In addition, every year some 63 pounds of plastic are manufactured for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Only 5.4% of discarded plastic in US is recycled. Rest ends up in landfills and is dumped in the ocean. I have found people are stunned by these quotes and take vow to reduce the use of plastic.

I have visited universities, high schools, work places and many fairs. The selling of bags helps to pay back the loan. This has been a wonderful project I learned a lot, and was very satisfying caring for mother Earth. Our only Home! Please, visit our website: EARTHSAVERSBAGS.ORG. Thanks for the opportunity to tell about my project.

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