Plastic Pollution

Plastic bag pollution is a major threat to wildlife, the environment, and even us. Take a look at some of the shocking plastic bag facts.

  • Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement1.
  • Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers, and lakes.
  • Around 1 million seabirds and mammals die per year by ingesting plastic bags.
  • Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death.
  • A trillion plastic bags are consumed each year worldwide. Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one.
  • Plastic bags are made of polyethylene. Polyethylene is a petroleum product. Production of plastic bags contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.
  • Plastic bags choke landfills. It takes more than 500 years for polyethylene bags to break down.

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See more of the harsh facts here!