Did you know. . .?

  • Plastic bags do not biodegrade, or decompose, like other items. They photo-degrade, or break down in the sunlight into smaller pieces, but never completely go away.
  • A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to photo-degrade into very small pieces. The small pieces, or microplastics, have been found to be as problematic (or more problematic) for the environment than the bags themselves.
  • The world’s oceans continue to fill with plastic trash, and about 80% of that trash comes from on land.
  • At least 267 different marine species are known to have suffered from our litter, most of which is plastic.
  • Every year, Americans use approximately 102 billion plastic bags, but only about 2% of those bags get recycled. The average American household uses approximately 300 plastic bags per year.
  • One regular-sized plastic bag, when cut into strips, yields 30-50 feet of plastic yarn, called plarn.

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