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The answer really depends on how you define wasted. When you consider that many applications of plastic are unnecessary, or could just as easily be done using another material, the amount of plastic that is wasted goes up astronomically. As just one example, Americans alone use around 380 billion plastic bags each year, while internationally, almost a trillion bags are used. Of those, only a small fraction are actually recycled. By utilizing reusable bags and legislative efforts, this number could easily be reduced into the low billions.
And that isn’t even touching the number of plastic bottles we use every day…It’s scary how much plastic comes from oil and ends up in our landfills.
Most plastic for plastic bags comes from natural gas rather than oil.
I learned something new today. Thanks rigibson, I appreciate you making the correction here.
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