Sunday, May 9, 2010

bad bags

Artist josh blackwell created these thrifty and unique pieces, but you can tote around and make them yourself! Instead of throwing out plastic bags that accumulate , collect them and create your own design using colorful thread, yarn or ribbon. For extra support loading up on fruits and veggies at farmers market, double, or triple the bags before "sewing" in your creations. if you're a good enough sewer, i bet you can even add some rad phrase on the side of the bag too...When i first saw these bags, they really caught my eye and i feel they embody the spirit of turning something ordinary and not so healthy for our planet into something beautiful with less environmental impact.

Hundreds of thousands of turtles die each year because they see plastic bags floating in the ocean and mistake it for their dinner; jellyfish

Consider the Following Shocking Facts About Plastic Shopping Bags:

  • Plastic bags are made of polyethylene
  • Polyethylene is a petroleum product
  • Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
  • Four to five trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year
  • Americans use over 380 billion polyethylene bags per year
  • Americans throw away approximately 100 billion polyethylene bags per year
  • Of those 100 trillion plastic bags, 1% are recycled
  • It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down
  • As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain
  • Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year by ingesting plastic bags
  • Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. 100,000 marine mammals die yearly by eating plastic bags.
  • These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death
  • Plastic bag choke landfills
  • Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers, and lakes
Read more at : Say No To Plastic Bags: The Shocking Facts About Polyethylene Bags

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