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Why use Reusable Bag is a must!

The ugly truth about our plastic bag that being introduced just over 25 years ago. Society’s consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that’s 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute! Read on these cold-hard facts…

1. Single-use bags made of high-density polyethlene (HDPE) are the main culprit. Once brought into existence to tote your purchases, they’ll accumulate & persist on our planet for up to 1,000 years.

2. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle & other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.

3. The average family accumulate 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.

4. A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. In a compressed landfill, deprived of atmosphere to help them biodegrade, paper bags don’t fare much better.

5. According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% plastic bags are recycled worldwide, the rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills.

6. The cost to recycle plastic bags so outweighs their value that most recycling facilities will not take them, leading more & more to just be thrown out with the rest of the trash.

7. Made from petroleum products and natural gas, plastic bags utilize non-renewable resources, ultimately helping to drive up fuel prices!

8. It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the US uses per year.

9. Think paper bags are better? The United States cuts down 14 million trees per year simply to supply the demand for paper shopping bags!

10. It requires 13% more energy to produce 1 single paper bag than to produce 2 plastic bags.

11. Made with chemical processed at high temperatures, paper bag production releases many toxins into the atmosphere at much the same rate as plastic production.

12. Paper bags weigh nearly 10 times their counterparts in plastic, requiring more fuel to ship them out to stores.

Awareness evolved, some countries has made a move!

1. Ireland, the first European country to impose a tax on them, has decreased plastic shopping bag consumption by 90% since 2002, reducing overall plastic bag usage by 1.08 billion. That is 90% reduced consumption.

2. In a dramatic move to stem a tide of 60,000 metric tons of plastic bag & plastic utensil waste per year, Taiwan banned both last year.

3. Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags & using them to weave hats & even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.

4. Some grocery store (like Tesco) even offer discounts or points credit for customers who bring their own bags, now that’s incentive!

Lastly, it takes one small step to make a significant impact as a whole! Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person, would save over 22,000 plastics bags. Isn’t it that better incentive?

You there, bila lagi?

October 21, 2009 - Posted by | Green Living, Hanz's Notes


  1. we all start duduk sini mmg pakai reusable shopping bag, mmg la sentiasa ada dlm handbag i tu. kalau mmg nak kluar shopping, siap bwk shopping trolley lg tu. kat sini mmg kedai2 tak galakkan giving plastic bag. kalau nak kena request. ada some places siap suh u beli plastic bag kalau nak gak bag.for now my shopping bag tu agak bulky in my handbag…hmm kalau dpt chatterbox giveaway tu, mesti kempis sikit my handbag..kikiki..hinting dah tu nak mintak menang.i like it coz i rasa cam in a way contribute to a better future, yg tak bestnye..takde plastic sampah free. so kena la beli plastic sampah khas…and i assure u its biodegradable bags! 😉

    Comment by Mama-Miya a.k.a Jedi Hopeful | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Bagus kan Australia..oh, there's 1 more point nak add about Australia:-"As part of Clean Up Australia Day, in 1 day, nearly 500,000 plastic bags were collected. Unfortunately, each year in Australia an estimated 50,000,000 plastic bags end up as litter" (betul x facts ni?)Me pun guna plastik sampah yang biodegradable tu..wish to start recycle soon but pelik bila tengok kat M'sia ni recycle center macam tempat jin bertandanglah, scary sungguh! Tah bilalah orang Malaysia ni nak improve Civic-minded nyer..recycle, another step for us pretty soon nak kurang guna plastik sampah though biodegradable it can be.

    Comment by Hanz | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. tulah hanz, i rasa kat sini awareness about being environmental friendly still belum meluas. normally when i go shopping and bring my reusable bag, org tgk semcam. i even use the bag pegi tapau makan, and org tgk semacam and tanya, napa taknak plastic bag?and over at The Place mmg i dont use plastic bag, its either i wrap brg ngan wrapping paper or give them a nonwoven bag for big purchases, and always remind them to REUSE that bag. some ppl would say, hey its great, some ppl would roll their eyes. sad kan?and when i reuse a lot of things, like boxes made into brochure stand etc, org ckp wah kedekutnya.. and not realizing being NOT KEDEKUT with plastic bag coz a hazardous future. I feel sorry for them.

    Comment by maryaaa | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. yes,, kalo g kedai belim barang mau kat 4-5 beg palstik.. tu 1 hari 1 kali.. kali 1 hari 6-7 kali g dah berapa beg..kalo seminggu ..kan dah bertimbun beg plastik. takleh recycle.. so kiter prefer use reusble bag. but not enough… must get more..n moreee

    Comment by asmieyra | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Yes…agreed with u Maryaa, I pelik like Tesco movement too, boleh kira sebelah tangan how many ppl like us bawak shopping bags sendiri walhal dapat point kay, points aside u still doing good. Then when I tapau food, the Indonesian staff there said I'm just like this one Mat Salleh lady bring her own containers, & they said Indonesian & Thailand tak guna bekas politerine tu tau & they bring their own bekas.What u get on those looks, stares & rolled eyes, Maryaa experienced by me too.Last time i used to grumble when I did'nt get receipt & such from online purchases but now I'm grateful!Go on with that Maryaa & ignorance people will have the last laugh!

    Comment by Hanz | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. Sekarang nie kitaorang mmg dah start reusable bag tapi tu la kadang2 terlupa bawak plak.. tapi yang menjengkelkan bila kita kata tak nak plastik bag kat cashier tu , boleh dia kata "kak, mesti bungkus .. tak boleh tak bungkus tu.." Yang peliknya this shopping mall sell reusable shopping bag.. Hello! mana kesedaran nya pun tak tahu belum buat lagi contest nie.. save the best for last…hihi..

    Comment by nadnye | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. Itulah kan Nad…rather diaorang sell bag2 tu, I think they should allocate some fund to train cukup2 employee diaorang…oh, that reminds me, ada Tesco staff Puchong cerita kat I, ada customer marah2 dia bila dia suggest guna beg Tesco & mention tentang incentive tu..siap nak jumpa management kata promote reusable bag tu menyusahkan semua orang..ish,ish,kalau I ada masa tu, mesti I intervene & give this fellow a piece of sound advice!

    Comment by Hanz | October 22, 2009 | Reply

  8. Itulah dilemma yang i faced jugak…use reusable bags more often,ended up hubby asked…eh no more plastic bag to throw rubbish? Guess we have to learn more from country like German who have better garbage disposal system…got timetable somemore..;)Me2 thinking how i can reduce the garbage n do some compose..but limited space at home..hmm…maybe Hanz can share what Hanz discovered and exploring with us ya!Cheers!

    Comment by AlohaMolly | October 22, 2009 | Reply

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