Understanding the Plastic Problem

Every year, roughly 102.1 billion plastic bags are used by Americans.
reusable polypropylene bag

Reusable plastic bags

are not the answer

They are creating an even bigger problem despite our best intentions.

Very few plastic or reusable bags actually get recycled because current facilities can’t manage mixed plastics. Let’s fool-proof the system and utilize a bag that nature can process and doesn’t rely on systems that aren’t economically or energetically viable. Compostable is a solution that bypasses that problem and doesn’t put additional stress on the system.

2,000,000
Bags

The number of plastic bag plastic bags that are used and disposed of every minute.

8,000,000
Metric Tons

The amount of plastic wasted each year.

6,300,000,000
Metric Tons

The amount of plastic waste created by humans as of 2015.

Disheartening Plastic Facts

boat in a plastic sea

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

sea turtle with plastic bag

Sea turtles and other marine creatures mistake plastics and other garbage as food (such as jellyfish) and ingest it, causing blockages within their digestive system and eventual death.

plastic piles

When marine animals pass away as a result of plastic debris ingestion or entanglement, the toxic debris remains in the ocean and guarantees to continue threatening wildlife. (Worldwatch Institute)

So, what can we do?

Stardust Compostable Jute Bag

Elevate to the Stardust Standard:

Eliminate Plastic. Go Compostable.

The Solution Works!
Getting involved has never been easier! Reach out to your local representatives and tell them you demand a plastic-free community. There are countless case studies that show the undeniable effectiveness of plastic bag bans and their overwhelmingly positive impact on the environment and communities. With such widespread results, the better question is why isn’t everyone doing it? There is certainly backlash and attacks from the plastic industry fighting against legislation but we can certainly take accountability for our personal actions.
Plastic bag bans and taxes
Successful bans and taxes have been implemented all over the world, from Rwanda, China, India, Ireland, to the EU. The U.S. does not have any National legislation but 100's of cities have implemented plastic bag bans: Park City, Austin, Cambridge, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Plastic bag fees
Local legislation has also started in the following cities and counties by leveraging plastic bag fees: Boulder, Colorado; Brownsville, Texas; Montgomery County, Maryland; New York City; Portland, Maine; and Washington D.C.

Plastic Bag Bans, Taxes & Fees

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