Karns Bags for Books program is designed to encourage Karns Food shoppers to use their reusable bags for their groceries. The Hershey Public Library receives 3 cents on each cloth bag you bring to the store for your shopping. The library uses the money to buy NEW books! Let’s all do our part to help reduce the number of plastic bags that find their way to landfills, beaches and oceans that consequently poison and kill wildlife.
10 Facts About Single-use Plastic Bags
- Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.
- It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile.
- The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.
- According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.
- Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.
- At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.
- 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.
- One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.
- Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes.
- It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.
Source: Center for Biological Diversity