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Facts about plastic bags

6 Unknown Facts About Single-Use Plastic Bags

facts about plastic bags

A single-use plastic bag is one of the biggest environmental hazards that the world is dealing with. The problem is so big that our oceans are being filled with plastic. In fact, according to a report, our oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050. The following article will discuss a few vital facts about plastic:

  1. A single-use plastic bag is made of polyethylene. Polyethylene is a type of plastic that can take up to 1 million years to completely break down in landfills and/or oceans. They do not biodegrade because they are made of pure polyester, unlike paper bags which will partially degrade in a few weeks.
  2. An estimated 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year as per United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Most of the bags are used in grocery stores. In the United States alone, more than 100 billion plastic bags are used annually.
  3. According to National Geographic, there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic including billions of single-use plastic bags floating inside our oceans right now, which is 10 times more than the number of stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
6 Unknown Facts About Single-Use Plastic Bags
  1. A Pacific Blue Foundation report suggested that around 20 million barrels of oil and natural gas are used worldwide to create plastic bags. Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are manufactured just from crude oil and natural gas.
  2. More than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die from ingesting or getting entangled in single-use plastics products such as plastic grocery bags, every year including whales and dolphins.
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  1. Plastic bags are banned in many parts of the world. In 2002, Bangladesh became the first country to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags and charge shoppers who wish to use them. The European Union – plans to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, plates, cutlery, and cotton buds by 2021.
These are just a few of the many facts pertaining to plastic bags. When you have an option, always choose to avoid using them. That will be a huge contribution towards environmental preservation.

As an environmentally friendly organization, we use recyclable material called Polypropylene Fiber to create DemoBags® – recyclable contractor trash bags. So if you ever wish to do junk removal using cheap trash bags, choose DemoBags® to avoid endangering our environment further. They are also the strongest and the most durable bags in the market.

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