Effects on Marine Animals & Recycled Bags
- Greenpeace claims that there are at least 267 marine species known to have suffered from getting entangled in oceanic debris or ingesting marine debris. Nearly 90% of that debris is plastic. This plastic will be eliminated if we replace it with reusable grocery bags.
- The United Nations Environment program estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean. This litter will be reduced and/or eliminated with the use of recycled bags like reusable grocery bags.
- Plastic bags are frequently mistakenly ingested by animals, clogging their intestines, which results in death by starvation. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or canít fly as a result. This is a problem that can be avoided and the solutions lie within our grasp.
- Approx. 1 million seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and many other marine mammals die each year by ingesting discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. This is unfair to these marine animals and is an issue that must be addressed immediately.
- The petroleum based plastics float on the oceanís surface appearing as feeding grounds. Marine animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs. It doesnít pass and they literally starve to death.
- Nearly 80% of litter in the ocean comes from land-based sources. Thatís an alarming number and everyone needs to take responsibility and become part of the solution. These effects on marine animals can be reduced significantly.
- In some parts of the ocean, there are six pounds of plastic for every pound of plankton. That number is way too high and it can be reduced by incorporating the use of reusable grocery bags into our way of living.
- Littered plastic bags are a deadly killer for wildlife. Many plastic bags blow out of trash cans to become inadvertent litter. They make their way onto our roadsides and into wildlife habitat. This is unfair to these animals and we must take a stand against this issue. We must focus on the increasing use of products such as reusable grocery bags.