Plastic Bag Statistics
Plastic bags are becoming a global problem. That’s why more and more customers are switching to greener alternatives.
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That’s over one million plastic bags used per minute.
Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down.
Plastic bags were introduced into supermarkets in 1977. Less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags are recycled.
Scientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
Plastic bags poses continuing threat to wildlife. At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of plastic marine debris.
The amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag would drive a car about 115 meters. It would take only 14 plastic bags to drive one mile!
The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and often natural gas and chemicals. Its production is toxic to the air.