Number of plastic bags produced
Worldwide, this year
Plastic bags are one of the main causes of marine pollution, and the focus on plastic bag reduction is ongoing. Many supermarkets have stopped issuing plastic bags to customers, encouraging them to bring their own bags instead. Since we’ve become so used to the convenience of plastic bags, you may find this change a little bit inconvenient. Before you get pissed off at the supermarket, here’s the reason for this worldwide effort:
More: Plastic Waste Facts
We have become used to plastic bags to carry our stuff around. They’re cheap and handy and readily available. But is it really worth the negative impact to our environment? It seems impossible to totally ban plastic bags altogether. Some people will still use them sometimes. Until we wean ourselves away from plastic bag use, let’s start helping our environment and the animals that are affected by being mindful of how we use them.
Bringing your own reusable bags when shopping will drastically decrease plastic bag pollution. Fewer animals will die. Fewer bags will be produced. Less petroleum will be used. The end result of this small sacrifice on our part is a better and healthier environment for everyone.
Read more stories about our environment at The World Counts: Stories. Know the stories behind the numbers and do whatever you can to make our planet a better place for us to live in.
When you help save the planet… you help save lives. This is the only home we know.
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