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It is Time to Unlike Plastic and Unfriend Plastic Bags

Sure, plastic makes our lives easier and it is impossible to escape its use entirely, but bit by bit plastic is destroying ocean life, and permeating the food you eat. From The Ecology Center:

…some chemicals migrate from the plastic packaging to the foods they contain. Examples of plastics contaminating food have been reported with most plastic types, including Styrene from polystyrene, plasticizers from PVC, antioxidants from polyethylene, and Acetaldehyde from PET.
The plastic used for food packaging, plastic wrap, containers for toiletries, cosmetics, crib bumpers, floor tiles, pacifiers, shower curtains, toys, water pipes, garden hoses, auto upholstery, inflatable swimming pools etc can cause cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, chronic bronchitis, ulcers, skin diseases, deafness, vision failure, indigestion, and liver dysfunction.

This video shows the Brydes whale who died after becoming stranded on a Cairns beach [Australia]. The post-mortem found that the whales stomach was tightly packed with six square metres of plastic – much of it plastic checkout bags.
Here in Puget Sound:

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean:

Please make even a small change in your use of plastics, and support plastic bag bans where you live or visit. http://www.change.org/petitions/friday-harbor-town-council-ban-single-use-plastic-bags
For information on the proposed Washington statewide ban: Environment Washington