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Plastic Bags In Our Environment (by kirstsmith)

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Plastic Bags In Our Environment (by kirstsmith)

PLASTIC BAGS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT

Every year, 20 million Australians use around 4 billion plastic check-out bags. That's over 10 million new bags being used every day!

Plastic bags, can take between 15 and 1000 years to break down in the environment.

From 30 to 50 million plastic bags end up as litter on our beaches, streets and parks. 47% in not deliberate and is blown from landfills.

In the marine environment plastic bag litter is lethal, killing tens of thousands of birds, whales, seals and turtles every year as they often mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish.

The amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag would drive a car about 11 metres.

Around half a million plastic bags are collected on Clean Up Australia Day each year.


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