Pacific Garbage Patch? What about the more recently discovered Atlantic Garbage Patch?
Both of these patches of trash in the ocean consist mostly of plastic debris. Lot's of this is water bottles, and other containers that don't break down easily, but there is a lot of this that is also the simple one time use plastic bags.
Reusable bags can take up to 450 years to biodegrade! The process of making paper bags creates more pollution then plastic. The recycling process for plastic itself is a dirty, pollution causing process. Need to know more? Click here for 25 reasons why you shouldn't be using anything but reusable shopping bags.
There's more when it comes to the bags too. Cheap reusable bags aren't doing you any good either. Get yourself about 5 or so good quality bags, and never worry about them again. I suggest Flip and Tumble or Envirosax. My favorite cheap bag is from Ikea. I've had my 99 cent bags for YEARS! Crafty types can make their own (which I am crafty, but I haven't done that yet...I'm busy!!).
1. Reuse this bag
3. Altantic Garbage Patch