The Great Atlantic Garbage Patch
A soup of plastic waste with up to 36 million plastic particles per square kilometer in an area that spans the distance between Virginia to Cuba.
80 % of marine debris comes from land-based waste. In Massachusetts alone, a clean-up effort called “Clean-Sweep” took place. Volunteers collected 5,712 pounds of plastic bags; one of the most common forms of litter found.
Plastic is a substance that never goes away. We throw out 88 tons of plastic per year. Reasons to say “No” to Plastic Bags & Paper Bags
Depletion of our Natural Resources
It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the 100 Billion plastic bags consumed (thrown out) every year and less than 1% are recycled.
That would be enough fuel to fill up 1 Million cars every year!
The Environment and the Use of Natural Resources
A plastic bag takes 1,000 years to decompose on land and 450 years in waterways. This affects our Water, Energy, Forests, and Clean Air.
The Danger to Animals and Marine Life
Plastic accounts for 90% of the trash on the ocean’s surface; which measures to 46,000 pieces per square mile. Marine life mistakenly sees a plastic bag as jellyfish and eats it.
Written By: S. Palazzolo
A REUSABLE BAG
Will save 6 bags a week, 24 bags a month, 288 bags a year, 22176 bags in an average lifetime.
The consumption rate of plastic bags is now estimated at well over 1 trillion annually or almost 2 million per minute.
Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
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