3B Bags is a company started by women who – just like women everywhere – shop for groceries and dislike unnecessary waste. The common single-use plastic bags for fruits and vegetables certainly seem like a waste, so they designed the 3B Reusable Produce Bags, a set of mesh bags with a drawstring.
Each year, 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That’s nearly two million plastic bags used per minute. (Earth Policy Institute)About 191 million barrels of hydrocarbon gas liquids were used to make plastic in the U.S. in 2010. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)There is now six times more plastic debris in parts of the North Pacific Ocean than zooplankton. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France. (The Telegraph)Only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide. (Love Your Earth)
The world is awash in plastic. It’s in our cars and our carpets, we wrap it around the food we eat and virtually every other product we consume; it has become a key lubricant of globalization — but it’s choking our future in ways that most of us are barely aware.
Plastics biodegrade exceptionally slowly, breaking into tiny fragments in a centuries-long process. It entangles and slowly kills millions of sea creatures; that hundreds of species mistake plastics for their natural food, ingesting toxicants that cause liver and stomach abnormalities in fish and birds, often choking them to death. We know that one of the main bait fish in the ocean, the lantern fish, eats copious quantities of plastic fragments, threatening their future as a nutritious food source to the tuna, salmon, and other pelagic fish we consume, adding to the increasing amount of synthetic chemicals unknown before 1950 that we now carry in our bodies.
As more scientific data surfaces, more experts are concluding that plastic pollution could pose an even greater threat to the environment and public health than climate change.