Unrolled, the chic eco-bag measures 19.5″ x 16.5″, yet folds to a mere 4″ x 1.5″ pouch. A built-in snap button holds the pouch for an easier upkeep. Just toss it into your purse, or put it in your pocket, and you’re ready to go shopping. As a matter of fact, it offers versatile functionality.
Photographed by Blauearth. Red Dot boutique, F.R. Castro St, Laoag City, Ilocs Norte, Philippines
Know the facts about plastic bags
- Somewhere between 500 million and a trillion plastics bags are consumed worldwide each year.
- Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than produce one. It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.
- Plastic bags photodegrade, which means they breakdown into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers, which eventually contaminate soils and waterways.
- When ingested, these microscopic particles can become catastrophic to wildlife. Nearly 200 different species of sea life including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. Birds, as well.
- By using a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags a week. That’s 24 bags a month. That’s 288 bags a year. That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime.
- If just 1 out of 5 people did this, we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our lifetime.
- Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
- China has banned free plastic bags.
- Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002, and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
- More countries have also banned, or are moving towards banning the plastic bag.
- Reducing plastic bags will reduce foreign oil dependency.
- China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
- In the Philippines, the town of Santa Barbara in the province of Iloilo was the first to ban the use of plastic bags.
- While a number of Filipino students, NGOs, private citizens, and a handful of public officials have been lobbying for the total banning or taxing the use of plastic bags, legislators have yet to come up with a solid stand against the use of plastic bags.
- In Ilocos Norte, former board member Kris Ablan took the iniative and filed before the Sanggunian Bayan Draft Provincial Ordinance 2008-10-074, entitled “An Ordinance Establishing An Advanced Recovery Fee (Green Fee) For Disposable Plastic Bags And For Other Purposes”, still pending in the committee-level.
E.a.r.t.h now. E-nvironmental a-wakening, r-esponsibility (shared responsibilty), t-ransformation, h-ope. A message by the LEAD Movement