100 billion plastic bags are used by Americans annually, which takes 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture
The average American family uses 1500 annually
Each bag is used for approximately 12 minutes
It is estimated that 100,000 marine animals are killed annually from plastic bags alone
it is hard to obtain an accurate number as animals can sink to the bottom of the ocean when they die
imagine: one marine animal mistakes a plastic bag for a jellyfish, eats it, dies, sinks to the bottom of the ocean, decomposes, and then this vicious cycle continues over and over because it takes 400+ years for the plastic bag to decompose
Plastic bags are not recycled into more plastic bags. they are downcycled into plastic lumber and even playground equipment
American shoppers use almost one plastic bag a day whereas shoppers in Denmark use about four a year.