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Sunday, October 17, 2004

What's the deal with plastic checkout bags

Hey Kids!

The plastic bags used to pack groceries consume a deceptive amount of energy. From PlanetArk, this claim:
The amount of petroleum used to make one plastic bag would drive
a car about 115 metres. The 6.9 billion plastic check-out bags
we use every year is enough to drive a car 800 million kilometres
or nearly 20,000 times around the world. ((PDF file))

Obviously, the world does not need to consume all these bags yearly; shoppers should reuse these bags whenever possible. Barring that, reusing the bags as trash can liners also helps.



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