How much oil is used in making plastic bags?



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    It has been estimated that 12 million barrels of petroleum are required to make the 100 billion plastic bags that the United States uses each year. So that’s about one gallon of petroleum for every 200 plastic bags. In more familiar terms, think about it this way: the amount of petroleum used to make just 14 plastic bags could fuel a car enough to drive one mile.

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    The 12 million barrels to make 100 billion plastic bags is an internet meme and has no basis in fact. Most plastic bags are not made using oil as the feedstock, but rather are made from natural gas. Even if the idea of 12 million barrels were correct (it definitely is not), that represents about 14 hours out of an entire year of US oil consumption.

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