What’s The Problem With Plastic Bags? The Known Unknowns


We are so used to using plastic bags to carry things around that we
have taken it for granted. But you should start finding something else
to carry your things – because our environment can’t take more of it.
 
160,000 Plastic Bags A Second
This year 5 trillion plastic bags will be consumed. That’s 160,000
every second! Put one after another they would go around the
world 7 times every hour and cover an area twice the size of France.
 
Most Bags Are Simply Thrown Out
Less than 1% are recycled. They are most often made from
Polyethylene that takes centuries to degrade. Each ton of recycled
plastic bags save the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil.
 
The Plastic Soup
In the ocean, the plastic is broken down to tiny pieces. These
pieces are eaten by fish and cannot be digested. Consequently
the plastic builds up and enter into the food chain.
 
Hundreds Of Species Are Affected
Seabirds, turtles, seals, sea lions, whales and fish eat the plastics.
The death of one sperm whale found in California in 2008 was
caused by 22.2 kilos of plastic that the whale had eaten.

 
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