WRSE makes a plea to stop using plastic bags

Roche donates hundreds of canvas shopping bags to help the effort

365 Bags!

365 Bags!

This is not a Halloween costume, but it is still pretty scary—it’s how many plastic bags the typical person uses every year. In a pitch to get shoppers to stop using plastic bags, WRSE staked out in front of Roche Bros. and gave away nearly 500 reusable canvas shopping bags generously donated by Roche Bros. The outfit of bags, created and worn by WRSE member Karen Sauer, consists of 365 plastic bags and illustrates how even one person can make a difference to the environment by choosing to stop using plastic bags. Did you know that most plastic bags are made out of petroleum, only adding to our dependence on oil?

Some Not-so-fun Facts about Plastic Bags

Only 2 percent of all plastic bags used in the United States get recycled

Plastic bags take from 500 to 1,000 years to break down in a landfill

The United States uses 100 billion plastic bags annually

Making those bags requires 12 million barrels of oil