I was watching a show on the Documentary Channel over the weekend, can't even remember what it was now, but it was the one after that I had no intention of watching but within 5 minutes had me riveted with a new soda and bag of chips. It was my eye opening moment when I realized my generation is totally raping Mother Earth!

The documentary was called 'Bag It' and if you haven't seen it, you probably should. If you care about the future of your family and theirs, you won't be able to not do something about it.  Hey, I'm no tree hugger.  I am just one guy but if we all do just minor stuff it will make a HUGE difference.


It was about 10 years ago that I started to do my small part in recycling.  Now I can't throw a plastic bottle or bag away at my house, they go straight to the recycling bin and when I see the thousands of bottles I/we do a day in trash cans destined for the landfill it just makes me cringe.  Anyone know how long plastic products stay around?  Hundreds of years!  We won't have to worry about it though; it will be our Grandchildren that will be very unhappy with us and when they call us the laziest society known to mankind, they'll be right!

Did you know that between 2000 and 2010 we produced and threw away more plastic products than we did in the entire 20th Century.  That's our fault!  We should be the ones to fix this problem, not them.  Think about it.

We have become the laziest, throw away society ever. While some countries are banning plastic bags (the worst offender) we keep making more.  Did you know it takes half the volume of a disposable water bottle in petroleum to make the bottle you are going to throw away anyway?  Check out these staggering facts:

  • Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. (Consider China, a country of 1.3 billion, which consumes 3 billion plastic bags daily.)
  • About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute
  • A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade
  • More than 3.5 million tons of plastic bags, sacks and wraps were discarded in 2008
  • Only 1 in 200 plastic bags in the UK are recycled (BBC)
  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion single-use plastic bags
  • Plastic bags are the second-most common type of ocean refuse, after cigarette butts
  • Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down
  • Every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it

Are plastic bags recyclable? Yes, but you have to make the effort. Less than 3% of all those bags ever make it to a recycling center...much easier to throw them away. Just think if we ALL did one small thing to recycle, it would make a difference.

This is my plea to you today.  If you don't recycle, please pick one thing and stick to it. Recycle your shopping bags or better yet, take your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Don't buy bottled water. A filter and permanent water bottle work just as well and much cheaper anyway.  There are lots of things you can do that take little to no effort and WILL make a difference.  As one...WE ARE MANY!

Please watch at least the movie trailer for Bag It (link below) and when you have 90 minutes, please sit down and watch the entire movie.  It's fascinating...really.  Do you care or is it someone else's problem to deal with long after your/we're gone.

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