Saturday, November 26, 2011

Danger of Plastic Bags – Scary Facts 2

Baby monkey eating plastic
 Based on statistic estimation, the average family adds 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
In good situations, high-density polyethylene plastic bags will take more than 20 years to degrade. However in less ideal conditions such as on landfills or as general refuse, a bag will take more than 1,000 years to degrade.

In year 2008 an estimated 3,960,000 tons of plastic bags, sack and wraps were produced where of those, 3,570,000 tons (90% of them) were throw away. This number is almost triple the amount in 1980 (1,230,000 tons in 1980). Source: EPA

Cow eating plastic trash
Unfortunately only 0.5% to 3% of all bags winds up recycled. Source: BBC & CNN

10% of the plastic bags which is produced every year worldwide end up in the ocean. 70% of those plastic bags which finds its way to the ocean floor, where it will most likely never degrade. Source :UN, 2006

Swan eat plastic
The very slow decomposition rate of plastic luggage leaves them to drift on the ocean for uncountable years. In line with Algalita Marine analysis Foundation, these plastic luggage cause the death of the many marine animals such as fish, ocean turtles, etc., each year when animals mistake them for food.

Seabird surviving because of plastic

When plastics break down, they do not biodegrade; they photodegrade. This implies that the secondary materials break all the way down to smaller fragments that readily absorb toxins. They then further contaminate soil, waterways, and animals upon digestion.

Turtle eat plastic

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