Friday, November 25, 2011

Danger of Plastic Bags – Scary Facts 1

Kamilo Beach, United States
Figures released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency illustrate that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year. According to National Geographic News September 2, 2003. Note that this information was in the year of 2003.

Now over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide.  China, a country of more than 1.3 billion people, consumes over 3 billion plastic bags daily, according to China Trade News.

Los Angeles Beach- Plastic bags

 Approximately 1 million plastic bags are used every minute now by us.

An individual plastic bag can yield up to 1,000 years to degrade.

Over 3.5 million tons of plastic bags or any plastic packs were discarded in 2008.

Approximately only 1 in every 200 plastic bags in the UK is recycled properly. Source: BBC

The U.S. consumes more than 100 billion single-use plastic bags which costs retailers about $4 billion a year. This cost factor is directly to us as consumers. Source: The Wall Street Journal

Bird found dead in its belly eating plastic

Plastic bags are the second-most common type of ocean garbage after cigarette butts in year 2008.

A bird eating plastic
Even after they break down, plastic bags remain toxic to us and other life being.

Our lovely ocean from it where we source food and life, every square mile of ocean around us has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it. Source: UN

      To be continue...

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