There are many valid reasons to cease use of plastic bags. 380 BILLION plastic bags and wrappings are used annually in the United States. Less than one percent of these are recycled. Plastic bags use fossil fuels (crude oil and natural gas), litter streets, harm wildlife, and are not biodegradable. A plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to break down.
The best reason to stop using plastic bags is because it is such an easy change to make! Almost all grocery stores now sell reusable fabric bags at their checkout lines, usually for about 99 cents. Plastic bags are proven to be terrible for the environment. Switching over to reusable bags is a great example of a simple, barely noticeable change that, if enough people do it, can make a huge difference.
I have to agree with the above comments, in that they basically cause way too much trash and litter, harm animals and are not biodegradable. In Los Angeles county in California, the use of plastic bags has been outlawed to cut down on the pollution. Instead, shoppers can bring their own reusable bags or pay for a paper bag, costing 10 cents per bag. Reusable bags are fast becoming a trend, being much sturdier and stylish to carry most items from any store, and can carry much more than most plastic bags without ripping.
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