10,000 Plastic Shopping Bags I Found Littered On The Ground
PICKING UP 10,000 PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS
BY
JARED SIX



I Live in the "United States" in the state of "Ohio" and although a lot of people in "Ohio" go "Deer Hunting" in the winter I devoted this past winter to hunting for plastic shopping bags that were littered throughout the environment instead.

I started by simply going around and collecting all of the bags that were in plane sight, such as bags that were littered along the sidewalks in my neighborhood, but then I started going behind abandoned buildings, under bridges, and into the woods, and I didn't stop until I collected 10,000 bags!

Fun Fact: The average plastic shopping bag only weighs 5 grams, but 10,000 of them weighs a little over 100 pounds!

But please keep in mind that due to the fact that a plastic bag weighs practically nothing, if it is left outdoors all it can take is some wind for it to start moving (or even start flying) and there is no telling where it could eventually end up.

Almost every one of the 10,000 bags that I found had a small warning on them saying that they were a choking hazard for young children, but not one of them mentioned the fact that they are also a choking hazard for wildlife and that countless animals die every year due to these bags somehow ending up in nature.

Some of the bags that I found still had a receipt in them, and some times it would say that the customer just bought something small like a candy bar, an energy drink, or a pack of cigarettes.

Giving a customer a bag when they are purchasing something that small seemed so unnecessary and so wasteful to me that it kept making me think of when the comedian "Mitch Hedberg" was talking about whenever he's walking down the street and someone hands him a flyer...

- It's kind of like they're saying, "Here, you throw this away!"

There are 10,000 plastic shopping bags in the picture above, and for anyone curious, below is a list of every store that I found bags from, as well as the number of bags I found from each store, and even a picture of all the bags I found from each store... (And you won't believe how old some of these bags are!)

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THE 10,000 BAGS I FOUND

STORES BAGS
1. KROGER 1,886
2. WALMART 1,708
3. SPEEDWAY 351
4. MEIJER 274
5. GIANT EAGLE 266
6. DOLLAR TREE 226
7. FAMILY DOLLAR 205
8. DUCHESS 181
9. DOLLAR GENERAL 180
10. UNITED DAIRY FARMERS 165
11. LOWES 122
12. TARGET 109
13. WALGREENS 74
14. POPEYES 67
15. RAISING CANE'S 66
16. ROSES 64
17. CVS 60
18. SUBWAY 59
19. AUTO ZONE 52
20. TRUENORTH 52
21. MENARDS 40
22. BURLINGTON 42
23. THE HOME DEPOT 38
24. KFC 30
25. SAVE A LOT 28
26. OHIO THRIFT 27
27. FRESH EATS MKT 24
28. PANDA EXPRESS 24
29. T.J.MAXX 23
30. SKYLINE CHILI 22
31. ADVANCE AUTO PARTS 21
32. AMERISTOP 21
33. CITITRENDS 19
34. GOODWILL 19
35. CHARLEYS 16
36. MCDONALDS 16
37. ROOSTERS 16
38. FIVE BELOW 15
39. VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA 15
40. CIRCLE K 13
41. KOHL'S 13
42. WENDY'S 12
43. LONG JOHN SILVER'S 11
44. CHURCH'S CHICKEN 10
45. BIG LOTS! 9
46. HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS 9
47. MARSHALLS 9
48. RAINBOW 9
49. WHITE CASTLE 9
50. PARTY CITY 8
51. SARAGA INTERNATIONAL GROCERY 8
52. TACO BELL 8
53. WAFFLE HOUSE 8
54. GAME STOP 7
55. GET GO 7
56. MACY'S 7
57. PIZZA HUT 7
58. SHOPPERS WORLD 7
59. THORNTONS 7
60. IGA 6
61. LION'S DEN 6
62. SALLY BEAUTY 6
63. STAPLES 6
64. TRACTOR SUPPLY CO 6
65. THE WITTEN FARM MARKET 6
66. FOOT LOCKER 5
67. FRESH THYME FARMERS MARKET 5
68. PET SMART 5
69. PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS 5
70. DICK'S SPORTING GOODS 4
71. DONATOS PIZZA 4
72. FLYING J 4
73. HOBBY LOBBY 4
74. PILOT 4
75. TEE JAYE'S 4
76. BED BATH & BEYOND 3
77. BP 3
78. BUFFALO WINGS & RINGS 3
79. CAM INTERNATIONAL MARKET 3
80. CARFAGNA'S 3
81. CINTAS 3
82. DRUG MART 3
83. FAMOUS FOOTWEAR 3
84. FOOTACTION 3
85. JOANN 3
86. KMART 3
87. MURPHY EXPRESS 3
88. OLIVE GARDEN 3
89. ONCE UPON A CHILD 3
90. O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 3
91. PET VALU 3
92. SAVERS 3
93. ACE HARDWARE 2
94. BELLSTORES 2
95. BOSTON MARKET 2
96. CAPTAIN D'S 2
97. THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY 2
98. DENNY'S 2
99. FAMILY VIDEO 2
100. GOLDEN CORRAL 2
101. HOT HEAD BURRITOS 2
102. JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET 2
103. LITTLE CAESARS 2
104. LYND FRUIT FARM 2
105. MARC'S 2
106. METRO BY T MOBILE 2
107. MICHAELS 2
108. MOE'S 2
109. NAPA AUTO PARTS 2
110. O'CHARLEY'S 2
111. PAYLESS 2
112. PENN STATION 2
113. PEPBOYS 2
114. PET SUPPLIES PLUS 2
115. PLATO'S CLOSET 2
116. QUIK TRIP 2
117. RED LOBSTER 2
118. ROMEO'S 2
119. ROSS 2
120. SHOE DEPT. ENCORE 2
121. VANCE OUTDOORS 2
122. VILLAGE DISCOUNT OUTLET 2
123. 7 ELEVEN 1
124. A PLUS 1
125. AAA 1
126. ACROSS THE FIELD 1
127. THE AIRFOCE MUSEUM STORE 1
128. ALDI 1
129. APPLEBEE'S 1
130. AS SEEN ON TV 1
131. AT HOME 1
132. BEER BARREL 1
133. BELLACINO'S 1
134. BEST BUY 1
135. BLIMPIE 1
136. BOSCOV'S 1
137. BRAVADO 1
138. BRIO 1
139. BURGER KING 1
140. BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY 1
141. BUSCH'S 1
142. CABELA'S 1
143. CATO 1
144. CAZUELA'S 1
145. CHAMPS SPORTS 1
146. CHARLOTTE RUSSE 1
147. CHICK-FIL-A 1
148. CHILI'S 1
149. C & B 1
150. CITY G.E.A.R. 1
151. CLAIRE'S 1
152. CLOTHES MENTOR 1
153. COLOR INC 1
154. COMMUNITY SUPER MKT 1
155. COST PLUS WORLD MARKET 1
156. COUNTRY FAIR 1
157. CRAZY 8 1
158. D.P. DOUGH 1
159. DEALS 1
160. DISCOUNT FASHION WAREHOUSE 1
161. DOMINO'S PIZZA 1
162. DUTY FREE STORE 1
163. EB GAMES 1
164. EDDIE BAUER 1
165. EMPIRE 1
166. EXCHANGE 1
167. FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT 1
168. FEDEX OFFICE 1
169. FESTIVAL FOODS 1
170. FINISH LINE 1
171. FLEET FEET SPORTS 1
172. FLYERS 1
173. FOOD LION 1
174. FOODTOWN 1
175. FRISHC'S BIG BOY 1
176. FRUTH PHARMACY 1
177. GIONINO'S PIZZERIA 1
178. GLEN'S MARKETS 1
179. GO MART 1
180. GO PUFF 1
181. GOLF GALAXY 1
182. GORDMANS 1
183. HALLOWEEN CITY 1
184. HARMONY 1
185. HEINEN'S GROCERY STORE 1
186. HIBBETT SPORTS 1
187. HOME BUYS 1
188. THE HONEY BAKED HAM CO 1
189. IHOP 1
190. IRON PONY MOTORSPORTS 1
191. ISLAND BLUE 1
192. IT SUGAR 1
193. JOLLY PIRATE DONUTS 1
194. KC SPORTS 1
195. KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS 1
196. LAZARUS 1
197. LDS EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE SERVICES 1
198. LEE'S FAMOUS RECIPE CHILDREN 1
199. LIVE JUSTICE 1
200. MELT BAR AND GRILLED 1
201. MOUNTAINEER WORLD 1
202. MR. FUEL 1
203. NO.1 GYRO SHOPPE 1
204. NORDSTROM RACK 1
205. NOW 1
206. OFFICE DEPOT 1
207. OLD NAVY 1
208. OLD TIME POTTERY 1
209. OPENING NIGHT 1
210. PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA 1
211. PARADIES LAGARDERE 1
212. PAT CATAN'S CRAFT CENTERS 1
213. PATH MARK 1
214. PEPPERIDGE FARM 1
215. PHAR MOR 1
216. PAR MAR STORES 1
217. PUBLIX 1
218. RIESBECK'S 1
219. RUBY TUESDAY 1
220. RUE 21 1
221. RURAL KING 1
222. RUSTY BUCKET 1
223. COST + PLUS 1
224. SBARRO 1
225. SCARLET RIBBON GIFT SHOP 1
226. SCHOTTENSTEIN'S 1
227. SCRAMBLERS 1
228. SEE'S CANDIES 1
229. SHEETZ 1
230. SHERWIN WILLIAMS 1
231. SHOE DEPT. 1
232. SHOE SHOW 1
233. SHOPPERS VALU FOODS 1
234. SMARTSTYLE HAIR SALON 1
235. STEAK 'N SHAKE 1
236. STRACK & VAN TIL 1
237. SUTHERLANDS 1
238. TECH HUB 1
239. TGI FRIDAYS 1
240. THE ANDERSONS 1
241. TOYS R US 1
242. TRUE VALUE 1
243. TUESDAY MORNING 1
244. ULTA BEAUTY 1
245. WISHWELL FARMS 1
246. ??? 2,520


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