Paper, Plastic, or Reusable?
What's you preferred method of handling groceries upon checkout at the grocery store? Do you bag it? Do you prefer paper or plastic? Or do you carry your own reusable grocery bags? If you do carry your own reusable shopping bag, congratulations! You are contributing to the reduction of plastic pollution in our environment. You can now give yourself a pat on your back. You may be wondering, what's the big deal; a bag is a bag, right? Wrong! Plastic shopping bags contribute to the plastic waste that is evidently affecting our environment, especially our marine life as it endangers many animals in their ocean habitat. No one really knows how much unrecycled plastic ends up in our oceans, but according to National Geographic, Jenna Jambeck, a Georgia University Engineering Professor, estimated it to be roughly between 5.3 million and 14 million tons a year from coastal regions. The estimated time on plastic to biodegrade is an estimated 450 years or NEVER--meaning we'll be long gone as our plastic waste still pollutes the Earth.
Plastic Pollution Affects Marine Life
According to National Geographic, unrecycled plastic kill millions animals a year. From the smallest of organisms, like zooplankton to large mammals such as whales ingest many, many microplastics. Plastic bags were the major culprit In the case of the pilot whale in Thailand that was found with more than 80 plastic bags (about 17lbs) in its stomach. The whale died five days after it rescue after vomiting a few plastic bags. According to Regina Asmutis-Silvia, the Executive Director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation's North America, the whale may have mistook the plastic bags for food. The whale's natural diet consists of squid, octopus, and fish. Unfortunately this is just one of many cases where marine animals die from mistaking plastic waste for food. The reusable bags doesn't sound so bad now, huh?
What You Can Do
How Can The Pure Wraps Help to Reduce Plastic Waste?