By Lisa Koulibaly

Did you know that plastic bags degrade very slowly in nature?

Some plastics may survive in the environment for thousands of years! These plastic bags get into our rain water sewers and find their way into our rivers and oceans, where they get eaten by fish and sea creatures. These animals often die from the harmful physical and chemical impact of these plastics.

But the damage doesn’t end there with the death of one organism. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to breakdown, so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting it, the plastic re-enters the environment, posing a continuing threat to wildlife.

Let’s all do our part to save our wildlife! Use re-usable bags when shopping to stop so much plastic waste getting into the environment. Here’s a way you can get a free re-usable bag!

Bag Exchange

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, there will be three locations to exchange five plastic bags for a re-usable tote:

Zero Waste Providence’s table at the 6th Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning event
When: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 28, 2018
Where: Roger Williams Park Boathouse, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Cost: 5 single use plastic bags

Teen Clean & Green Team
When: 9-noon, April 28, 2018
Where: General Street Park, 11 West Drive, Providence
Cost: 5 single use plastic bags

Davis Park
When: 8:30 am -12:30 pm
Where: Davis Park, 700 Chalkstone Ave, Providence
Cost: 5 single use plastic bags

Lisa Koulibaly has three children and lives in Cranston.