Did you know that more than 380 billion plastic bags are used annually in the United States? They’re also made from by-products of natural gas or oil. Many end up our landfills and oceans after a single use, taking up to 500 years to decompose and harming marine life according to some researchers.

Start by shopping with a reusable bag, and tell your family and friends to as well! If you’re looking to act beyond your network, advocate for a bag tax in your state. In Washington D.C., it’s estimated that after the city implemented a 5 cent tax on plastic bags, plastic bag use declined 80% within a year. Help protect our planet, and take the pledge to stop using plastic bags.