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Eco Minute: January 23, 2015

Jem Sullivan

More than a billion single-use plastic bags are given out freely every day. While they may be free at the stores, they are costing our earth in many ways.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  The production of plastic bags requires petroleum a non-renewable resource that increases our dependency on foreign suppliers. Additionally, drilling for these resourc¬es contributes to the destruction of fragile habitats and ecosystems around the world.  

The toxic chemical ingredients needed to make plastic produces pollution during the manufacturing process.  The energy needed to manufacture and transport dis¬posable bags eats up more resources and creates global climate change emissions.  And these free bags cost an estimated $4 billion dollars to US retailers who pass these costs on to customers in the form of higher prices.  And this is before we even discuss the hundreds of thousands of marine organisms killed by carelessly discarded bags.      

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.