Why Should You Get Rid of the Plastic Bag?

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Why Should You Lose That Plastic Bag?

Man with plastic bags

“The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year” (NRDC)

  • According to the WorldWatch Institute, around 4-5 trillion plastic bags were created in 2002.
  • According to a report in 2004, roughly 80 percent of those bags were used in North America and Western Europe. Every year, Americans reportedly throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags. (WorldWatch Institute)
  • Approximately only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled every year.
  • Millions of dollars per state are spent to properly recycle or dispose of plastic bags. (ecowatch)
  • And in general, we only recycle 50% of the plastics we use. (ecowatch)
  • Millions of barrels of oil are used to produce plastic each year in the United States alone. (EPA)
  • The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
  • Plastic bags currently dominate commercial package markets. (National Geographic)
  • The majority of the plastic bags from petroleum are not bio-degradable and take around 700-1000 years to just break down. (World Counts)

Paper Bags:

  • Paper bags are able to decompose in a landfill.
  • Papers bags take more energy to produce than it takes to produce plastic bags.
  • Americans use around 10 billion paper bags each year, which is equal to cutting 14 million trees each year. (Earth911)
  • It cost more to produce paper bags than it takes to produce plastic bags.
  • The recovery rate for paper bags and sacks is around 50%. (EPA)

Tote Bags/Recyclable Bags:

  • We use an estimated 4 trillion plastic bags per year globally. (https://www.earthday.org/)
  • The total distribution of Tote bags has been steadily increasing.
  • By using a tote bag, it is possible to save spaces that would have been occupied by thin plastic bags instead.

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