Safari Ltd Tote Bag
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, single use plastic bags are responsible for killing 100,000 sea animals every year. Americans use 100 billion plastic bags, and each one typically only gets used for about 12 minutes before being thrown away.
Plastic bags must be collected and processed for recycling in a different manner than most traditional recyclables, so they can’t be put in a curbside bin and must be turned in separately to be recycled. Because of this, only 1% of single use bags get recycled. The rest end up in a landfill, where they will degrade over 500 years into harmful microplastics, or they end up as litter, polluting our oceans, beaches and other natural spaces.
Many different animals including fish, sea turtles, seabirds, whales and seals are all seriously harmed by eating plastic, or becoming entangled in plastic litter. The solution? Many have been proposed, from all out bans to charging for plastic bags, which greatly reduces their use. You can be a part of the solution by simply not using plastic bags. Instead, opt for something reusable – like our official Safari Ltd Tote Bag!