Every country has different laws regarding plastic bags, I am curious to hear how things are where you live.
Here, in big supermarket thin produce plastic bags are free, but plastic bags with handles are usually charged. An exception is stores that give away plastic or paper bags with their logo whenever you make a purchase. Some are now giving away reusable fabric bags or even ask you whether you want a bag or not.
I usually have a reusable bag with me, and most of the time I avoid buying plastic bags, but unless I am asked whether I want a bag, I take the free ones. Depending on their size and condition, I reuse them for grocery shopping or to store things. If the bag is dirty, I use it to collect trash in it, and if it’s teared I either recycle it or use it as a mat to protect the floor surface if I am doing some art and craft project. What about you, what do you do with plastic bags?
Some statistics about plastic bags
Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world.
It takes more than 500 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade. This means that after they degrade, they break down into smaller toxic bits that continue to contaminate the environment.
Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.
What do you do with plastic bags?
I throw them
I reuse them
I recycle them
I never take them
Other (tell me in the comments)