"Every polypropylene line I have ever bought seems to rot
in the sun within a year ...especially the ones around life rings."
What I've heard is that the bags disintegrate into small and individually invisible balls of plastic that then circulate on and on and on (collecting in different places as scum depending on current
and wind). These balls re-enter our food
supply through the digestive tracts of fish
, birds etc, potentially causing harm along the way.
As for "its not the plastic bags that are the problem its a social issue" I totally disagree. While there is certainly a behavioral problem the root of the issue is that the bags themselves are not BIODEGRADABLE. We have to fit our technologies to our behavioral patterns and I'm afraid that sometimes the big boot of government
is the only way to really get the ball rolling.
In the meantime keep using those reusable bags, pick up your trash and from time to time someone elses to get a true glow of moral superiority....
.... getting off my soap box now and will spend the rest of the day considering the plastic I [accidentally] scraped off our hull
and dropped in the ocean this morning.