Kudos to Whole Foods! Joining San Francisco, China, Australia, IKEA and others in an effort to cut back on plastic bags, Whole Foods announced that they won't be giving out plastic bags in their stores anymore. After testing it out with good results in stores in San Francisco, Austin, Texas and Toronto, they'll ban the bags in all of the chain's 270 stores starting on Earth Day, April 22. Whole Foods estimates that this action will keep 100 million disposable plastic bags off our planet just from April 22nd until the end of this year!!
Why is it so important to stop the use of plastic bags? Here's 3 great reasons:
1.It can take more than 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down in a landfill and when the bags do break down they release toxic substances which leach into the soil and enter the food chain.
2. Plastic bags can endanger and kill wildlife especially sea turtles, sea birds, and marine mammals.
3. Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, which is a petroleum product. Increased oil demands lead to increased gas prices.
So next time you head to the store - remember your reusable bag!