Plastic bags are detrimental to the community because they do not fully degrade in our oceans or land environment and introduce unsafe chemicals into our environment. Plastic bags create the potential for injury to or death of marine animals through entanglement and ingestion. Further, it takes anywhere between 500 to 1000 years to decompose. The expansive usage of single-use plastic bags and their typical disposal rates creates an impediment to the City’s waste reduction and recycling goals while creating unsightly litter. The widespread use of single-use plastic bags presents recycling challenges and frequently contaminates materials sent to recycling facilities. As an alternative, reusable bags can reduce waste and litter, protect wildlife, and conserve resources.
What are shop plastic free shopping bag alternatives?