15 Facts That Will Make You Never Use Plastic Bags Again

    If we continue at the rate we're going, studies estimate that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

    Hi everyone! My name is Isha. Since it's a new year, I wanted to do things a little better. For example, being more aware of my consumption habits and ecological footprint.

    So here are some reasons why I'm going to try reduce my use of plastic bags this year, and hopefully they'll convince you to do the same.

    1. Plastic can remain in the environment for over 1,000 years before it begins to decompose.

    2. It is estimated that at least eight million tonnes of plastic waste is added to the world's oceans each year.

    3. And if we continue at the rate we're going, studies predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight.

    4. Most plastics aren't biodegradable and instead break down into microplastics that are ingested by marine life.

    5. And according to scientists, there are at least five trillion particles currently floating at sea.

    6. In fact, one million sea birds and 100,000 marine animals are killed annually from the plastic in our oceans.

    7. As plastics break apart, they release and absorb potentially toxic chemicals that can ultimately end up on our dinner plates.

    8. As many as one trillion plastic bags are produced each year are discarded after 15 minutes of use.

    9. And if we linked together the 100 billion plastic bags that pass through the hands of US consumers every year, they would circumnavigate the globe 1,330 times.

    10. The production of plastic uses up to 6% of our global oil resources.

    11. And the total amount of petroleum needed to drive a car for one kilometre is the equivalent energy required to produce 8.7 plastic bags.

    12. Only 9% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide. The vast majority is accumulating in landfills or polluting our natural environment.

    13. Across the planet are five major ocean gyres, where extremely high concentrations of plastic gathers due to current circulation.

    14. The total financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems is estimated to be at least US$13 billion annually.

    15. And the amount of plastic bag litter polluting drainage systems has been found responsible for exacerbating natural disasters in some countries.