Be Better Impact: Paper, Plastic, or Reusable?
Hey there, Be Better! Happy Monday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week! As a reminder of last week’s Be Better Challenge, we asked you to go green by taking reusable bags to the grocery store.
According to The Huffington Post, plastic bags are made up of petroleum oil, and the petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags is enough to drive one mile! Incredible, isn’t it? As you may know, plastic is the largest contributor to ocean litter, killing thousands of birds and sea animals that ingest the plastic bags. The Huffington Post article reports that more than 10 percent of washed-up debris polluting the U.S. coastline is made up of plastic bags. Hawaii became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores on July 1.
So what about paper bags? Well, those are just as bad for the environment. We cut down 14 million trees annually to produce paper bags. In 2007, NBC News reported that paper production emits 70 percent more air pollution than the production of plastic bags. Making a paper bag consumes four times as much energy as making a plastic bag. Stores do provide paper bags if you want to buy one, but they enforce a minimum tax of 10 cents per paper bag. It all adds up if you buy a paper bag every time you go to your grocery store.
In the end, it’s much cheaper to buy your own reusable bag to take with you whenever you visit the grocery store. They are much cuter, too! You can purchase them almost anywhere to fit your style! We loved seeing all your reusable bags last week! Thanks to 16 completed challenges, we were able to donate $20 to Not For Sale.
In a recent report, it shows that 12% of companies make an effort to pay above the legal minimum wage in their supply chains, leaving the young men and women to do more work than they are paid for. Not For Sale fights to end labor slavery for all. Not For Sale also recently announced that it will join the San Diego Padres on August 23 during Faith and Family Day at Petco Park. Proceeds for this event will all benefit Not For Sale. When you buy a ticket to the event, you support Not For Sale's work with survivors of exploitation in California and worldwide. Isn’t it great to help out others?
We can’t forget the people who posted a photo with their reusable shopping bags.