The danger of plasic bags

by Game | 2:15 PM in |

After reading this maybe you'll think twice before taking or buying a new plastic bag.Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It cost more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one ($4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32).
A study in 2004 showed oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason that the world's landfills weren't overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill.

Some information
-Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south as the Falkland Islands
-Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline
-Plastic bags photodegrade:over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers
As a consequence microscopic particles can enter the food chain, nearly 200 different species of sea life including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags.They die after ingesting plastic bags which they mistake for food

If we use a cloth bag,we can save 6 bags a week, that's 24 bags a month, that's 288 bags a year -> 22,176 bags in an average life time.

If just 1 out of 5 people in our country did this we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time.

Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
China has banned free plastic bags.
Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
Israel, Canada, western India, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore have also banned or are moving toward banning the plastic bag

On March 27th 2007, San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic bags (National Public Radio)

Plastic shopping bags are made from polyethylene: a thermoplastic made from oil
Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependency.

China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags. January 9, 2008

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  1. Clear Perspective on January 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    For facts and links to the source studies about plastic bag and the environment as well as environmental shopping strategies, visit

  2. Anonymous on April 3, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    thanks for your post about plastic bag effect, really helps me doing my academic paper.. ;) -malay girl from malaysia-

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