An estimated one percent of thrown-away plastic bags never make it to the landfill. Instead, they become street litter which first gets washed into the city's storm drains and then, should a heavy rain come and overflow the system, gets dumped through a harbor estuary. In that case, the bags head straight to the ocean where they become accidental food for the seven species of sea turtle, 300 species of fish, 350 species of bird, 10 species of whale and several species of seals and porpoises who live there. This video tells us the story of how a plastic bag carries itself across the world.

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  • becky

    sad video but very inspiring

  • Lucy

    The plastic manufacturers say 'You want to buy some plastic?'.

  • Pat

    Yes! But, what do the plastic manufacturer's have to say.

  • Lucy

    Great report from the Beeb. Plastic sucks.

  • Rick Brooks

    What to do? 1. Use less plastic. If possible, use it over and over again if you used it once. 2. Buy less; fewer things. 3. Find alternatives whenever possible (which is most of the time for most people). Use cloth or non-plastic and non-paper bags whenever possible. 4. Pick up plastics whenever you can--when you walk or ride your bike. Be witnessed. Be a role model. 5. Look at the bigger picture. Starting in August, 2008, see:www.storyinthebag.com

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  • Learn more about reusable bags and some more facts behinds our plastic bag consumption.

  • Check out this stylish new plastic bag replacement  by Small Steps, which is being offered in gift-economy fashion.

  • Plastic bags are now banned in San Francisco, parts of Ireland, and even New Delhi.  Next time you go grocery shopping, use a cloth bag!

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