Upper Blue Elementary School Green Team: The evils of plastic bags
April 27, 2009
We are the Upper Blue Elementary School Green Team. We help the earth by promoting reducing, reusing and recycling at our school and at home.
We are writing to tell you how excited we are that Summit County is working to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags!
The UBE Green Team has been encouraging people to use reusable bags by selling our Upper Blue bags at various school activities. With the purchase of each reusable bag, we include a fact sheet telling the different reasons plastic bags are so TOXIC to the environment. Some of the words we use to describe plastic bags include “terrible, scary, negative, incredibly bad, detrimental, totally WORTHLESS, horrendous, TERRIFYING to the earth, nasty,” and most of all ” “hurting to our planet and the many creatures who are trying to coexist here.”
Did you know that Americans use approximately 380,000,000,000 plastic bags in one year, and that it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags we use every year? Plastic toxins end up in fish, which end up on our plates, which end up inside our bodies. Especially sad to us on the Green Team is the fact that up to one million marine mammals and sea turtles die each year as a result of plastic bag trash in our oceans.
For the many reasons listed above, we decided to use special grant money from Copper Mountain Ski Area to buy our own UBE reusable bags for people at our school to purchase and use.
Summit County, PLEASE follow through with your commitment to banning plastic bags here forever. The earth is a precious and beautiful place.
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