Plastic Bag facts and information

Over 1 trillion bags!

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Worldwide, a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million every minute.

Every man, woman and child in the US

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Over 100 billion (100,000,000,000) plastic shopping bags are used in the US each year, almost 1 bag per person each day.  Laid end-to-end they could circle the equator 1,330 times. 

Oil Oil Oil!

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It takes approximately 439 million (439,000,000)  gallons of oil to produce that number of bags.

Only 12 Minutes!

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The average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes.  And these bags last forever!

They Don't Biodegrade

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What??? Yes, it's true!  Plastic bags do not biodegrade.  Unless you're willing to wait 1000 years!   Bags will eventually break down in the presence of light but the process takes between 200 -1000 years.  In the meantime, they break up into tiny plastic particles and infiltrate every step of the food chain.  Tiny plastic particles are eaten by tiny fish, who are eaten by bigger fish, who are eaten by us!

Plastic Bags Cost Us All $$$

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The plastic bag industry collects $4 billion per year in profits from US Retailers who pass those costs onto consumers.  Bringing your own bag will save money!

BENEFITS OF REDUCING PLASTIC BAGS

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Quickly Adopted

Withing months of implementing an ordinance, the number of consumers using reusable bags or taking no bag at all can reach 95% and above.

Litter Reduced

Plastic bags make up the 3rd largest type of litter on the coast.  They choke, strangle and entangle turtles, whales, sea lions, seals, birds, fish, etc.  Reducing bags will improve their environments.

We're part of the crowd....

91 cities and towns in Massachusetts have banned thin-filmed single-use plastic bags at checkout.  This is nearly 40% of the population.

Paper Bags?

Paper bags are not the preferred alternative to plastic bags.  Bringing your own bag is.   Paper bag production in the US consumes 14 billion trees each year.  The average disposable bag...paper or plastic...is only used 12 minutes.