The Cat's Out of the Bag!

  • 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.

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