How much plastic bags are used every year?



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    In terms of world consumption, there can only be guestimates as to how many plastic bags are used everyday. However, recent ideas have been that the world uses 500,000,000,000 plastic bags a year. That’s 1,000,000 plastic bags every minute. 

    Some environmental groups have given higher estimates, but any way you look at it, that’s a lot of plastic bags. Makes you want to rethink ‘forgetting’ your canvas bags, doesn’t it?!

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    Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.

    Here are some more facts about plastic bags for you:

    • During 2009’s International Coastal Cleanup, the Ocean Conservancy found that plastic bags were the second-most common kind of waste found, at 1 out of ten items picked up and tallied.
    • After Ireland created a 15-cent charge per plastic bag in 2002, bag consumption dropped by 90 percent. In 2008, the average person in Ireland used 27 plastic bags, while the average person in Britain used 220. The program has raised millions of euros in revenue.
    • The state of California spends about 25 million dollars sending plastic bags to landfill each year, and another 8.5 million dollars to remove littered bags from streets.
    • Plastic bags do not biodegrade. Light breaks them down into smaller and smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water and are expensive and difficult to remove.
    • When the small particles from photodegraded plastic bags get into the water, they are ingested by filter feeding marine animals. Biotoxins like PCBs that are in the particles are then passed up the food chain, including up to humans.
    • The City of San Francisco determined that it costs 17 cents for them to handle each discarded bag.


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