With each bag of the "Species
at Risk" collection that is sold, Shopantuk Co. makes a donation to the
Canadian Wildlife Federation to help support conservation of endangered
Every year each Canadian
produces one ton of garbage, most of which ends up in municipal dumps.
Astounding, isn't it?
Even when taking into account its
packaging, one Shopantuk bag can save 500 to 1000 times its weight in paper
bags if it's used just once a week! You will no longer need to waste
plastic and paper shopping bags, thus greatly reducing waste that goes
SAVES NATURAL RESOURCES
When you pick up an item
to buy, whether it is fruit, an appliance or a plastic or paper bag, the
substances the item is made of represent only the tip of the iceberg with
regards to the total matter that went into its manufacture.
Unlike money, paper actually does
grow in trees! But even before cutting down the first tree, the paper
company needs to carve a gridwork of roads across the forest, using bulldozers
which use energy. Once the tree has been chopped down, the branches
and bark are stripped off. If they are left on the ground, they will
decay and return to nature, but often they are burned, resulting in air
pollution. When the ground is stripped of its vegetation soil erosion
takes place, which results in a large amount of soil washing away into
streams and rivers. This soil fills up the nooks and crannies of
the riverbed where fish spawn. Also, the fact that the trees are
no longer there to shade the streams, results in unnatural warming of the
water, which also hinders spawning. The wood is then transported
hundreds of kilometers to the mill, on trucks that use energy. Then
it is chopped up and digested with chemicals to produce a pulp. Other products
are added to bind the fibers together before it is flattened and dried
-- all these processes use energy. Furthermore, the process results
in large amounts of chemical and biological waste going into our waterways.
All this happens because people want a free paper bag instead of utilizing
re-usable bags like Shopantuks!
We all know that plastic is derived
from oil. But let's think this through from the beginning.
Using oil is unavoidable -- to maintain our modern way of living, we need
the stuff. We at Shopantuk are not suggesting that we must stop using
What we are proposing is that we stop wasting it. There are
some very compelling reasons not to waste it. Whenever we reduce
our consumption of oil and oil products such as plastic bags, there will
Fewer wars over oil
Fewer oil well blowouts and burnoffs
Fewer broken oil pipelines
Fewer animals' habitats interfered
with by pipelines
Fewer ocean oil spills, thus less wildlife
destroyed this way
Less energy wasted in oil exploration,
extraction, transport and refining
Less smog due to the refining processes
Less water and soil pollution caused
Less global warming
Less waste going to landfill
More of this irreplaceable resource
left for future generations
for a different perspective on these two resources.