Plastic bags are common to the our every day use, from transporting groceries, collecting trash, and storing goods, but can this small, seemingly harmless piece of plastic be more detrimental when our use is added up? In the U.S. 280 billion plastic bags are used each year, which is equivalent to stretching around the world 30,000 times. Imagine what percentage Michigan, or even Grand Rapids, contributes to that number. The infographic below puts the true life and effects of a plastic bag into perspective. What should Grand Rapids do to decrease its impact on the environment through the use of plastic bags?