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What’s the average lifespan of a plastic shopping bag in Hampton Roads?

Posted on April 21, 2011 by | Comments Off

I got to ponder that question as I spoke live with Kerri Furie of Fox43’s “The Hampton Roads Show” this morning at 8:00am.  We talked about the new campaign to be kicked off on June 25th by HR Clean called “It’s A Bag’s Life”.   As part of the show’s “Green Week”, I shared what I know about the damaging impact that plastic bags have:

  • Plastic bags easily end up in our waterways which then get mistaken for food by marine life.  When they eat this plastic, they die.
  • Also in our waterways, plastic bags block sunlight from getting to the fragile plant and marine life at the muddy bottom.  These plants are essential for a healthy waterway and Chesapeake Bay.
  • Plastic bags are made from oil.  This stuff is expensive and is a  non renewable resource.
  • Plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose.

But we quickly turned to talking about what this campaign will be about.  It is patterned after successful statewide campaigns done in Texas, Florida and in Virginia, which is being led  by Keep Virginia Beautiful.  The main idea is that we need to give our plastic shopping bags a second life, rather then let them disgrace our streets, trees and byways or even sit in a landfill for 1,000 years. Another, even better option is to use something other than a store provided plastic bag and reduce our use of them altogether.  Anyone bringing 10 or more used plastic bags to one of our Kick off events on June 25th will receive a brand new “Chico Bag” which is very durable, made in great colors and even folds up into a pouch that can be attached to a hand bag or easily stored in a your pants pocket.

To hear exactly what I said, give a look and listen to this 3 minute segment.
Most of what I said is pretty accurate, but one thing Kerry said is not. Can you figure out what that was?

A Bag's Life



Posted in: Beautification, Don't litter!, Reduce reuse and recycle

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