Environment, Family, General, Nature


Saturday September 12th is INTERNATIONAL NO PLASTIC BAG DAY.

The plastic we throw away is inflicting harm upon marine wildlife…..


An open-air garbage dump tarnishes the sapphire coast of Barrow, Alaska. Trash that makes its way into the oceans decomposes very slowly, littering coastlines, polluting ground water, and harming marine creatures that mistake the trash for food.


The goal for the International Plastic Bag Free Day is to raise people’s awareness about doing away with disposable bags all together and moving toward zero waste by forming a reusable bag habit. We can do without disposable bags, we have done in the past.

Here are some facts:

  • The world uses anywhere from 500 billion to 1.2 trillion plastic bags a year.
  • On average we use a plastic bag for less than 10 minutes before disposing.
  • Some reports estimate that plastic bags can take over 400 years to degrade.
  • As polyethylene bags break down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain

Wouldn’t you prefer to see this Jellyfish rather than a plastic bag floating?


The Sea Turtles would! Plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by endangered sea turtles.


Making the switch…IT’S NOT HARD. I started to use reusable bags some time ago and yes, there were many trips where I got to the check out only to realize I’d left the bags in the back of the car. It takes time to get into the habit but once you’ve started there is no going back-you end up loathing the plastic bag and will do anything to avoid using them.

Cool Reusable Bags

My collection of reusable bags is growing – I have lots of the reusable store bags, I particularly like the Wholefoods reusable bag that Cheryl Crow designed, it’s strong and wipe-able with a wonderful tree design. My bag has great memories attached to it too. Bought it San Fransisco when my husband and I were exhibiting our Little Humbugs at the SFG trade fair, we grabbed all our healthy snacks from Wholefoods – love their stores!

Another reason to change to reusable!


SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS. Save Wildlife from entanglement of plastic bags.

What you can do:

  • Talk to local community and environmental groups about the bag issue and find out if they want to get involved.
  • Create a petition asking for your city to take on the single-use bag problem and create a healthy reusable bag habit. Circulate it at your local schools, libraries, grocery stores, farmer’s markets etc.
  • Give your friends and family reusable bags as gifts. Give your friends and family reusable bags as gifts.
  • Visit this blog : No More Plastic Bags Please

Get Children Involved – they Love to Help!

  • Let them make their school lunch and pack it in Tupperware, Paper Bag or reusable lunch bag.
  • Sign up for a local Beach Clean Up – contact your local conservation groups for their next clean up.
  • Start your own clean up with friends and family.

My Eco Warriors – The Little Humbug book characters want to help too:

*Download this coloring picture for children. Click HEREpdf


My book character Dragonfly Boy


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  1. Hello-

    I have started a Facebook page with the goal of banning plastic bag use here in Louisville, KY. I am new to creating anything like this, and I wanted to ask you if you had to get permission to use the Getty National Geographic images.


  2. Hi Becky. If you go to the National Geographic website they have a listing of their photographs you can use as long as you credit them for using the photograph. Good luck with your mission- what a great thing you are doing. Look forward to visiting your facebook page.

  3. Dear Marghanita,

    You have done a great job, thanks for that. I quoted a paragraph from your blog, of course linking your blog with it in my daily tips to save the environment. Thanks for these great info, I wish to also link the coloring picture for children, can I do this?

    Here is the facebook page:


    Thanks a lot


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