Some facts about plastic bags!
Fact #1: Plastic bags are made from petroleum
It's something all of us know subconsciously, but you might be shocked to know just how MUCH we use to make plastic bags: an estimated 12 million barrels of oil used each year in the United States alone!
Fact #2: A trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year.
The average Australian uses 170 plastic bags every year. 150 million of these end up as litter, only 3% of them are currently being recycle and 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour.
In China, 3 billion single-use plastic bags are used every day.
Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.
Fact #3: Over 44% of all seabirds have ingested or become entangled in plastic
In fact, the CSIRO predicts that this figure will reach 99% by 2050.
In the ocean and on the land, plastic bags (and other single-use plastics such as straws and bottle caps) are often mistaken for food by turtles, fish and other marine life. Once ingested, the plastic causes the animal to suffocate or starve, as they cannot digest this material.
Fact #4: The average time that a plastic bag is used for is… twelve minutes
Yeah. We're pretty damn lazy to go to the effort of producing a plastic bag from a fossil fuel, just to chuck in away after less than ¼ hour of usage.
Fact #5: Most plastic bags are non-biodegradable
Don't be so quick to believe next time you're told that your plastic bag is "biodegradable". More often than not, bags are "degradable", which means that they will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they form micro plastics… but they will never disappear from the environment altogether. Plastic bags take between 15 and 1000 years to degrade, depending on environmental conditions such as heat and moisture.
Help us fight the usage of plastic bags!
We now have reusable bags in the store to encourage everyone to use reusable bags!