The United States uses approximately 10 Billion paper bags a year, this requires 14 Million Trees to be cut to manufacture these bags.
According to the WSJ, the United States goes through 100 Million plastic shopping bags annually, an estimated 12 Million barrels of oil are required to make that many plastic bags.
The majority of plastic bags end up in landfills, only about 20% are recycled. After being discarded, most bags go airborne and are getting caught in trees, fences and stomachs of birds, mistaken for food.
The average family uses 6 to 8 grocery bags a week, which can add up to more than 300 bags per year, multiply that by everyone in your neighborhood and it all adds up to a lot of bags being discarded.
Take your own EARTH-SAVER™ bag next time you shop and you too can make a big difference for the environment!
We also offer a wide range of Organic Cotton bags. Organic Cotton is grown causing less impact on the environment without the use of pesticides. Though organic cotton has less environmental impact on the soil than conventional cotton, it costs more to produce hence having greater impact on the price of the final product. As organic cotton becomes more popular, more production will be available and prices will start to decline and become more affordable. The production of Organic upland and Pima cotton around the world continues to grow yet the consumption is still low when compared to that of regular cotton. Global consciousness with regards to these types of fabrics remains low, as we see this reflected in the price of a yard of organic versus conventional.
Here are some reasons why organic cotton production is important to the long-term health of the planet.
Cotton uses approximately 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants.). (Allan Woodburn)
Approximately 10% of all pesticides sold for use in U. S. agriculture were applied to cotton in 1997, the most recent year for which such data is publicly available. (ACPA)
Fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 12.8 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 (4.3 pounds/ acre), ranking cotton third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed. (USDA)
Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000 (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. (USDA)
The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (EPA)
In 1999, a work crew re-entered a cotton field about five hours after it was treated with tribufos and sodium chlorate (re-entry should have been prohibited for 24 hours). Seven workers subsequently sought medical treatment and five have had ongoing health problems. (California DPR)
Suppliers: Earth-Saver is concerned both with the product and its manufacture; both with quality and the integrity of the production process. It is very difficult to source organic cotton domestically, but Earth-Saver has taken appropriate measures to ensure that our suppliers in India are in tune with our social and environmental values. How do we ensure this all the way in North Miami Beach? The facilities that Earth-Saver utilizes have SA8000 certification and were pre-audited by ALGI Global Compliance Solutions. The factories also have ISO1801 Accreditation to ensure occupational safety for all our workers in both our manufacturing plants.
The Social Accountability International (SAI) mission is to promote human rights for workers around the world as a standards organization, ethical supply chain resource, and programs developer. SAI promotes workers' rights through a voluntary SA8000 system. If a facility meets SA8000 standards, it will earn a certificate for use on facility communications materials, attesting to its social accountability policies, management, and operations. Companies that operate production facilities can seek to have individual facilities certified as SA8000 compliant through audits by SAI accredited certification bodies.