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Plastic bag

A plastic bag, polybag, or pouch is a type of container made of thin, flexible, plastic film, nonwoven fabric, or plastic textile. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting goods such as foods, produce, powders, ice, magazines, chemicals, and waste. It is a common form of packaging.

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California has signed a law that bans the use of plastic bag in grocery stores. It will take effect on July 2015. Check it out (:

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Plastic Bag Yarn

Plastic Bags Turned Into Yarn for Knitting and Crochet

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Plastic bags account for 40% of all landfill contents.

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Reusable bags are where it's at! They don't break under pressure like plastic bags (no double bagging hassle!). They don't get soggy like paper bags either. Stores like Walgreens and Whole Foods provide nicely colored bags for you to buy (a one time purchase). You can also search online for styles that better suit you! ASPCA has cute bags with baby animals on them.

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Many people turn to compostable bags or paper bags to help keep the environment plastic free, but producing these bags actually require more material and therefore uses more of our fuel.... Information courtesy of reuseit.com

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Each year the bags we toss cost retailers over $4 billion.

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1 billion birds and mammals die each year from eating plastic. The bags suffocate them by causing internal blockages or wrapping their intestines... Infomation courtesy of envirosax.com

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Plastic bags photodegrade. They just break down into smaller bits & pieces and eventually contaminate our soil and water.

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It takes about 1,000 years for a plastic bag to fully degrade.

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Millions of birds become tangled and strangled in the plastic bags we carelessly throw out.

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