Saturday, August 28, 2010

D(M)ocumentary: Life cycle of the plastic bag.......

Jeremy Irons narrates:

 If you do not already do so, start using reusable bags for your shopping.  One estimate says that the United States uses 38 million barrels of oil per year to make these bags at an overall cost of almost $20 billion every year.  Most ocean litter is plastic of one sort or another and causes the death of large numbers of animals.

This is absurd and insane.

A small shift in your behavior can result in a big plus for the environment and for sea animals and for conservation of a non-renewable substance.

6 comments:

Krissa said...

This is SOOOOO important!! The plastic bag problem is even over here in the EU now (well, at least in Germany) even though it is still very common for people to use their own re-usable bags or baskets for shopping. Balloons too are a huge problem all over the world. It makes me so sad to see all the balloons let go here. Each one is going to kill who knows how many creatures? And I've seen pigeons with the strings wrapped around their little legs. The birds suffer terribly from the bags and balloons, too. .. Did you see where they found that 'garbage island' floating in the Pacific? I think it's in the Pacific. Full of plastic. :(

veganelder said...

Thanks Krissa for your comment. 'One time use' of almost anything seems to result in multiple problems. I had heard about the 'garbage' island...bad, bad, bad.

Murph's mom said...

Veganelder, old habits are hard to break and remembering to put the reusable shopping bags in our purses and cars doesn't always happen. But the thought of that death island floating in the beautiful Pacific might help us all to think of the plastic bag for what it really represents - death.

Krissa, I hadn't thought about the balloons. sigh. So much of what we do has an impact on the wildlife and the environment. A friend of mine is from Germany and she told me everything, every little piece of trash, has a receptacle designated for it at the curb. Recycling is not optional, it is mandatory there. Another one of my friends is so concerned about recycling that her family calls her a fanatic. We should all be called fanatics for recycling.

veganelder said...

I know exactly what you mean, Murph's Mom. It has taken me a long time to get in the habit of grabbing my reusable bags before going in the store....it does become habitual if you keep at it.

So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan said...

That mockumentary was really well done! Sadly, I have to admit that I didn't give the environment much thought before I became interested in animal rights. But better late than never I hope.

veganelder said...

Thanks, So I'm Thinking of Going Vegan. There is an astonishing amount of interconnectedness among animal rights, the environment, racism, consumerism, sexism, etc. Sort of spooky.