Whether you're picking up after your dog, packing for a flight, or giving your little one a snack -- it's easy to reach for the first single-use plastic bag you see. Unfortunately, this has become a habit that's difficult for many people across the country to break. You're on your own with how you choose to pick up your pup's poop (we recommend these compostable baggies!), but we've got you covered from flights, to sleepovers, to snack time and everything in between.
Did you know that Americans use approximately 100 billion plastic bags a year? While we don't expect you to solve the issue of single-use plastic single-handedly, we do want you to start somewhere. Single-use plastics are a glaring example of the problems with throwaway culture. Instead of investing in quality goods that will last, we often prioritize convenience over durability and consideration of long-term impacts.
As a society, we create over 300 million tons of plastic each year worldwide, half of which is for single-use items. That's nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.
By prioritizing products, even if made from plastic, designed to be used repeatedly, we can make a massive dent in the throwaway culture pandemic. By reaching for our Ziptucks over a plastic sandwich or snack bag or grabbing for our Tote-Ally instead of a grocery bag, you are reinforcing better habits.
The plastic bag you throw out today will be hanging around until at least 2518. That's a LONG time.
According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 percent of that litter is plastic. It is estimated that up to 13 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year—the equivalent of a rubbish or garbage truck load’s worth every minute. Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning. Humans are not immune to this threat: While plastics are estimated to take up to hundreds of years to fully decompose, some of them break down much quicker into tiny particles, which in turn end up in the seafood we eat.
This World Ocean's Day, we're asking our followers to ditch the plastic sandwich bags and try out our newest Whale Hello There Ziptuck bags. Say goodbye to single-use plastic (although they're not going anywhere soon.)