Plastic Facts

Did you know?

  • Canadians use 9-15 billion plastic shopping bags every year.
  • The average plastic bag is used only once then discarded taking 1000 years to break down.
  • Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources.
  • Plastic bag recycling is inefficient, costs more money and accelerates negative environmental impact.
  • Plastic bags kill birds, wildlife and livestock.
  • Plastic bags block drains, leading to flooding.
  • Every piece of plastic ever made still exists.
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade.
  • Photodegradation is a chemical reaction between plastic and sunlight. It means that the plastic bags break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them. Then we eat them.
  • Reusable bags are the solution.
  • A sturdy, reusable bag will last for years.

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