Discarded plastic bags are becoming a real problem
Many people are not aware about how much damage discarded plastic bags are doing to our planet. I mentioned in a recent post that when I was in Africa, I learned the countries like Tanzania have even outlawed the importation and use of plastic bags entirely.
Part of the problem is that our chemists are just too good these days. Plastic bags can seemingly last almost forever and take a very long time to break down and decompose. So if they are discarded improperly they blow around in the wind, get into the rivers and eventually flow into the oceans where they float around for years and years.
Many animals like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins mistake these floating bags for food and eat them. The animals often choke and die as their systems simply can't cope.
So what can be done, you might ask? You can start using reusable shopping bags like the ones listed below.
Here's one of our own ideas:
This was the project I was working on while I was learning so much about how much plastic bags are hurting our global environment. If you're looking for a simple but elegant reusable shopping bag pattern, please give our own burlap shopping bag pattern a try.
Reusable Shopping Bag Patterns Roundup
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