Say No to Carrier Bags... Wednesday 14 November 2007 PDF Print Cotton Kids, produces of cotton bags and homewares, want to spread the message to say no to carrier bags. If everyone in the UK used a Cotton Kids Eco bag, they would save over 500million carrier bags a month; approximately 6 billion carrier bags saved from being dumped in landfill, and over 1 trillion worldwide. Why are carrier bags so terrible? • Plastic bags sent to landfill sites take around 500 years to decay • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade — breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest. • Plastics burnt emits carcinogens • One tonne of plastics is equivalent to 120,000 carrier bags • Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. • Plastic Bags pollute our soil, rivers and oceans. • Production requires vast amounts of oil • Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month. • According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone "from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere from Spitsbergen 78° North [latitude] to Falklands 51° South [latitude]. Denise Hughes is passionate about spreading the word to reuse bags and save the environmental impact of Carrier Bags. She is currently updating her website to include a signed petition to make the government sit and listen to public opinion. It has been proved with Ireland when, On March 4 2002, the Irish government placed a levy of approximately 9p on every supermarket plastic carrier bag, resulting in a 90% reduction in their consumption and raising more than 9 million euros in the first few months of the scheme. Denise will soon be launching her new-look adult bags, with some fabulous images, slogans and photo bags, all priced from just £7.50. Editors Notes Christmas Sacks. Don’t buy your children cheap plastic Christmas sacks, instead, save the environment and give them a personalised cotton Christmas sack – something they can use year after year and will really mean something to them. Cotton kids offer amazing Santa or Reindeer personalised cotton sacks for only £10.95. Visit www.cottonkids.co.uk For more information contact Elevale PR on 0870 879 4404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Elevale in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Men's Interest, Health, Leisure & Hobbies, Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, Environment & Nature, Sport, Food & Drink, Travel, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Media & Marketing, Farming & Animals, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.