- Oil spilled so far by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil wreck: over two million barrels.
- Conservative estimate of oil that would gush out of that well in one year: 13 million barrels.
- Oil necessary to produce the 380 billion plastic shopping bags Americans use each year: 39 million barrels.
Of course, no technology comes without a cost. Reusable cloth bags been shown to carry bacteria, yeast, and mold. (I dread what might lurk at the bottom of my 15-year-old backpack). That particular study was funded by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, but it still can't hurt to toss your cloth shopping bags in the wash every now and then.
My neighbor Bonnie Funk makes some nice cloth shopping bags. Look her up, give her a call, see if she can stitch one up for you.
Or you could get creative and order this humdinger from Japan....