Posted by: noturreality | August 18, 2008

Plastic Bags = Big Oil

Plastic bags = Big Oil


Plastic bags are made from polyethylene: a thermoplastic derived from oil.

Less than 1% of plastic bags are recycled

It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.

Ocean vessels dump over 8 million pounds of plastic annually.

Over 200 different sea species die due to plastic bags.

By using cloth bags, say we save us from using 6 plastic bags a week = 24 bags a month = 288 bags a year = 22,176 bags in an average life time = if 1 of 5 people in the U.S. did this we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time.

So what does this mean…Bangladesh has banned plastic bag usage; China has banned FREE plastic bags; Ireland taxes plastic bag usage which in turn cut 90% of their consumption; Rwanda has banned plastic bag; Isreal, Canada, western India, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore have banned plastic bags or are close to banning; San Francisco has banned plastic bags, while Oakland and Boston consider banning the bags.

China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.


Today marks the last day I use a plastic bag.  It is cloth from here on out.  What will you do? 

Why won’t our political leaders take simple plans such as cutting down the usage of plastic bags in saving the usage of oil barrels?


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