As you all know Earth Day is fast approaching (April 22nd.) and everyone is getting into the spirit! I have to admit that I'm not super "green" but I've been introduced to so many great eco-friendly products lately that I'm definitely more conscious than I was before!
I figure the best way I can help spread the word is to S.H.O.P. (Start Helping Our Planet) alright so it wasn't my idea but it's a great one! Calypso Studios launched a super cute eco-friendly line of reusable grocery bags in January of this year and they are called S.H.O.P. Totes! The art for the bags is absolutely gorgeous and they are even being used by celebrities (Calypso Studio S.H.O.P. Totes were included in the swag bags for this years Oscars (how cool is that)!
Why should you use reusable grocery bags? How about some facts about plastic bags...
- Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide.
- According to the EPA, over 380 billion bags are used in the USA every year, which is more than 1200 per resident and it takes about 12 million barrels of oil to make this many bags.
- Over 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans worldwide.
- Each reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1000 bags over its lifetime.