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On average, plastic bags are used for 25 minutes!
It takes between 100-500 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate
(depending on the type of plastic)
1 million plastic bags are in use around the world/ 1 minute
The average European uses about 500 plastic bags/year
Europeans overwhelmingly support a ban on single-use plastic bags.
80% of marine litter is plastic
3.4 million tones of plastic carrier bags are produced in the UE each year. This corresponds to the weight of more than two million cars!
SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS ARE…
BAD FOR THE PLANET
They take 100s of years to degrade and they not only pollute the environment but actually directly harm many living organisms
It doesn’t make sense to produce something that lasts 100s of years when it is going to be used for a few minutes. It is a contradiction that in a throw-away society nothing good lasts whilst bad products are forever.
Reusable bags are a lot cooler !
Producers don’t take responsibility for the impact of their
product. Plastic bags are cheap to produce but very expensive
to clean from the environment.
BAD FOR YOUR MIND
They embody the message of the throw-away society that is trashing the planet.
Future generations will suffer from the pollution caused by plastic bags, without getting any of the benefit.
Future generations don’t vote, but they count.
92% OF THE 95,5 BILLION
carrier bags in the EU in 2010
MADE OF CRUDE OIL
i.e. a finite resource
GET INTO THE FOOD CHAIN
Pulverised plastic waste in the sea gets into the food chain