100 plastic bags = 1 quart of oil

Yesterday San Francisco's city council voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Their Department of Environment estimates citizens use 181 million bags annually and one official said the ban would save 450,000 gallons of oil and prevent 1,400 tons of landfill waste each year. That's about 100 bags per quart of oil.

At the 2005 NeoCon World's Trade Fair we launched our "erase waste" campaign. One of our messages promoted conservation: we learned that 1 carpet sample = 1 quart of oil. The same savings San Francisco may enjoy is equaled by eliminating 170,000 carpet samples — about 25% of the total number of samples created each year. Discover the positive impact you can have in your own design practice with our sample savings calculator.

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