Plastic bags account for 90 percent of grocery bags in the United States. 99% of these bags are not recycled and end up landfill, harming wildlife and leaching toxins like dioxin and other carcinogens into the soil. It takes about 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags, and the US goes through 380 billion of them a year.

That means that more than 1.6 billion gallons of oil are used each year to create one-time use plastic bags!

At this point, you have been probably gotten tired of being nagged about this and hearing how important it is to carry reusable cloth bags to the grocery store. But it is such a small, easy step that really makes a huge difference in terms of your environmental impact.

We can offer some help here at Inhabitat by providing you with a stylish organic tote bag that isn’t just an emergency stop-gap, but is an eco-fashion statement you will be proud to carry around with you.

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  1. Susan January 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Thais, those plastic bags are most likely”photodegradeable” not “biodegradable.” Yes, within a month they are “gone” to the human eye. They have broken down into tiny, tiny pieces we can not see. But the little molecules of plastic are still there in the environment. It is not like when a tree decomposes and turns back to dirt. Unless you in Brasil use something I am not familiar with, the plastic does not go away.

  2. thais weiller December 12, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    well, i don’t know if you have that there, but in my city at Brasil we only use decomposable platic bags. There are very usefull, mainly because here we got a lot of low income families that realy need those free-supermarket-bags to trasport their belongs. The best part of it is that within one month in the environment they are completely gone.

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