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I try to keep a few canvas shopping bags in each of our cars. Jo Anne and I use them not only for convenience but to help do our part in reducing the exorbitant and unnecessary waste of using plastic bags.
Recently, I was standing behind a customer in a checkout line who had a full shopping cart. I counted nineteen plastic bags that were put in the cart to be taken to the car. All the items would have easily fit into five or six canvas bags. As I left the store, I noticed several customers headed for their cars with carts and arms loaded with purchases, all in plastic bags.
Based on one source of information, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. The average American family uses almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, with just a tiny percent returned for recycling.
Plastic bags are used for an average of twelve minutes to get the merchandise from the store to the car and from the car into the house. Approximately 100 thousand marine animals are killed from plastic bags annually, either by getting tangled up or ingesting them. It’s shocking to learn that it could take up to 500 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill!
The problem could be substantially reduced if all stores charged five cents for each plastic bag used. I applaud Hy-Vee, who encourages customers to furnish their own bags by giving a nickel credit per bag. Customers at Aldi must provide their own shopping bags or buy them at the checkout counter. Kudos to these retailers! Hopefully, other stores will join this effort. When a new policy hits their wallet, customers will adjust quickly.
People who use plastic shopping bags without a thought to the permanent damage they are doing to the environment are either lazy or don’t care. Wake up folks! Keep some canvas shopping bags in your car and use them. It’s a simple and very effective way to help make a big difference in our world.

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