(Photos of plastic in nature)
- Unbelievably, over 1 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. That’s one million per minute. The U.S. alone consumed over 115 billion single-use plastic bags last year. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
- This costs retailers about $4 billion a year, and costs citizens and taxpayers much more in terms of waste, clean up, damage and other environmental and community impacts.
- Modest increases in plastic bag recycling are swamped by substantially greater growth in plastic bag generation and disposal. Less than 5% of single-use plastic bags are recycled in the U.S., as well as globally.
- Plastic bags accumulate in large quantities in landfills and waterways, directly polluting the fragile ecosystems of our planet. It takes over 1,000 years for a standard plastic bag to decompose – remaining toxic even after they break down.
- Plastic bags are the second-most common type of ocean refuse, after cigarette butts. 10% of the plastic produced worldwide winds up in the ocean, 70% of which finds its way to the ocean floor, where it will likely never degrade. (UN, 2006)
- Plastic bags are a major cause of urban flooding, marine animal deaths, and oil dependence, worldwide.
- Around the world, and throughout the United States, different national, regional and local policies are rapidly being adopted to address progressive consumer choice for more eco-friendly alternatives, and to prevent the insane pace of plastic-bag distribution and waste.
- A significant increase in the use of reusable bags has already occurred, especially in countries, states, counties and cities where bans of single-use plastic bags have been or are being enacted, for example in California – where there is an enacted statewide ban.
- According to the California Grocers Association, in California communities that have banned plastic bags, 75-90% of consumers bring their own bag. One year into its ban, LA County reports a 94% reduction in all single use bags – and similar results are evident in progressive communities (San Francisco, Washington, DC, Portland, Seattle, Hawaii, North Carolina, Quebec, Canada, …).
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