It’s BYOBag month in McHenry County! Tip #1

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag

Need reasons why it’s important to choose reusable bags?  Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year. The cost to recycle plastic bags outweighs their value, so most recycling facilities will not take them. Instead of being recycled, they are thrown out with the rest of the trash.  Plastic bags make up more than 10% of washed-up debris that pollutes the U.S. coastline. Discarded plastic bags have turned up as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as the Falkland Islands.   Finally, the average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags.  One person using reusable bags over their lifetime would remove more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.  Isn’t that an even better incentive?