Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Plastic Bags: What's the AltUse 411!

According to some sources (link to, more than one billion single use plastic bags are given out each day. The majority of these bags most probably end up in landfills or in our oceans, taking years to degrade and also causing irreparable harm to marine life. Manufacturing and transportation costs also should be factored in the calculus to measure the negative impact on the environment.

Some retailers have heard the alarm bells and have decided to act. IKEA (link to and Whole Foods recently announced bans on plastic bags. Municipalities such as San Francisco, Malibu, and Manhattan Beach have not been slow to act, passing laws banning the use of plastic bags.

However, this movement still has a long way to go. Why not recycle or find an alternative use for plastic bags as opposed to chucking them in the trash. Visit to view plastic bag alternative use content, to vote, and to upload some content as well.


1 comment:

  1. Mike,

    This is so important, thank you for blogging about plastic bags.

    AltUse Fan