A five with ten zeros after it = 5 hundred billlion = the number of plastic bags humans go through each year.  99% of these end up in landfills.  It takes about 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags.  Each plastic bag will take 1,000 years to decompose. Over 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animals die each year thinking the bags are food…. What’s with the plastic bag obsession, people?!?  Cool off your mach-speed consumption habits with one of these stylin’ reusable bags.

Get Hip Get Green is leading the charge against those rebel plastic foes…. by using them to make permanent reusable bags.  For $25 bone you can pick up a set of 5 recycled plastic totes on the Get Hip site…. or snag a lone soldier for $6 at the Greenloop.  And hey, we all love options, right?  If this black and green combo isn’t your ‘bag’, you may want to consider the Love This Planet in baby blue.

And kids… I hear this is the bag Santa will be bringing all his presents in for X-mas this year!!!  (hint hint… could be a great gift people).

…. some solid efforts are already being made to abolish the use of these vile plastic buggers.  The city of San Francisco has banned them altogether.  So has Melbourne, Australia… Africa is moving towards this as well.  Ikea is now charging a nickel for each bag… Switzerland charges 15 to 20 cents per bag.  London is also looking to bag the bags…. Perhaps the greatest success story is Ireland, who started a PlasTax in 2003 ($.15 tax per bag) which reduced consumption by 90% and raised $9.6 million in its first year, which was then put into a ‘green fund’, further benefiting the environment.  Fight on, Irish!


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.