Plastic Bag Free
Furzedown encourages all Furzedown shoppers to use and re-use environmentally-friendly shopping bags and asks all shops to only give out plastic bags on demand.
Pictured is the launch of our new eco bag at Makeover Moyser, 4th June 2010
- A person uses a plastic carrier bag on average for just 12 minutes
- Worldwide over 1.2 trillion plastic bags are used a year, an average of 300 bags for per person.
- That’s over 1 million bags being used every minute. If laid end-to-end, these would stretch to the moon and back FIVE times
- Scientists estimate each plastic item could last in the environment anywhere between 400 to 1000 years (New Scientist) (UNEP)
- Excess packaging is not just bad for the environment, it’s bad for your pocket. 2007 studies show that excess packaging costs the average UK family about £470 a year (london.gov.uk) (BBC News)
- When a plastic enters the ocean it becomes a harmful litter.
- Marine animals mistake plastic bags for food and swallow them, with painful, often fatal consequences.
- Nearly 90% of floating marine litter is plastic (Algalita) (MCS)
- Plastic bags, as with all forms of plastic, do not biodegrade, they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller toxic bits that contaminate soil, waterways, oceans and enter the food chain when ingested by animals
- Plastic production uses 8% of all the world’s oil production. At the current rate the world produces 200 million tons of plastic a year. Less than 3.5% is recycled (Algalita) (Greenpeace Ocean defenders) (waste online)