100 Billion Single Use Plastic Bags Are Used and Discarded Every Year

When you have a single bag in your hands, it seems like a small deal. What’s one plastic bag going to add to the world’s waste glut? But when you take a hundred billion of them and throw in the fact that each one takes 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill, you can see what a difference using reusable bags would make.

Here are some other not so fun facts:

  • 12 million barrels of oil are used to make a year’s use of plastic bags.
  • Only 1-2% of these bags are recycled.
  • Thousands of marine animals and over a million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.

And that’s just the plastic. 10 billion paper bags are consumed each year using the resources from 14 million trees.

Fair Indigo’s decision to carry Envirosax Reusable Shopping Bags was not without much internal discussion. They are not made of natural or recycled materials. They are not bio-degradable.

But our philosophy has always been how to help consumers move the ethical shopping needle furthest and fastest. Organic canvas totes may be the purest solution, but they tend to be heavier and bulkier. Our thinking was that we could help hundreds of people change their shopping habits with canvas bags or thousands, maybe tens of thousands, with super cool, super stylish, and super well-designed Envirosax. With limited inventory purchasing resources, we went with Envirosax and have never looked back.

In fact, since late 2008, our customers have put over 60,000 reusable shopping bags in circulation. That’s potentially 7.2 million fewer plastic bags used per year if each 40-pound capacity Envirosax replaced two plastic bags per week. A tiny drop in the 100 billion bucket, but a start. And with Envirosax’s new designs every season, we’re confident this is just the beginning.

Read more about or purchase these nifty bags here.

And check out this video showing how you can use Envirosax as a cool way to wrap your gifts!