Start a habit you’ll be proud to flaunt: remember your own bags every time you go to the store. It’s one simple way to go green in your daily life. And when people see you’re making the right choice, they’re more likely to do it, too.
Some paper & plastic statistics
- Each year the United States consumes 30 billion plastic and 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees and 12 million barrels of oil.
- The pulp and paper industry is the 2nd largest industrial user of energy in the U.S.
- More than 46,000 pieces of plastic contaminate each square mile of our oceans.
- Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled annually nationwide.
So the question is, paper or plastic? And the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County say the answer is neither. Instead – BYOB – bring your own bag.