Plastic bags and other plastic garbage
thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every
An estimated 14.000.000.000 pounds
of trash, most of them are plastics is dumped in the world's oceans
Nearly every piece of plastic EVER
made still exists today.
It is more difficult to recycle
plastics than other materials, because there are several different
types. Each type needs to be recycled separately. Less than 1% of
plastic bags are ever recycled.
Each year, an estimated 500 billion
to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes
out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each
Plastic bags are among the 12 items
of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to
the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.
An average 323 plastic bags are
taken into our homes every year and it takes 500 years to decay
when sent to landfill.
Plastic bags are produced from polymers
derived from petroleum. The amount of petroleum used to make a
plastic bag would drive a car about 11 metres. (source - CUA)