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Moving Toward A Plastic-Bag-Free World

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When you’re out shopping, and you haven’t brought your own bag with you, using a plastic one can be convenient. It’s easy to think: What does it matter if I do it just this once? I’ll bring my own bag next time. I can reuse this one later. But millions of people all over the world use plastic bags every day — many without recycling them at all. We’re not sure exactly how long it takes for plastic bags to break down, but estimates range from 500 to 1,000 years.

The good news for plastic bag opponents is that more and more places around the world are banning the disposable carriers. Even if your town or city doesn’t have a ban right now, you can make a difference by bringing reusable bags to the supermarket and encouraging those around you to do the same.



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