The dangers of plastic bags

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A friend of mine from Canada recently sent a PowerPoint presentation regarding recycling plastic bags. It’s an interesting read; download and have a look. It’s definitely a world wide problem as I had discussed. I hope we can all start to take small steps first in the right direction.

Did you know that?

‘Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.’ (National Geographic News September 2, 2003)

‘Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It cost more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one.’ (Christian Science Monitor News Paper)

“There’s harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32” (Jared Blumenfeld – Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment)



6 thoughts on “The dangers of plastic bags

    zeynepankara said:
    June 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Very interesting post.

    mitchwright said:
    June 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Yeah, that powerpoint was fascinating. I have a cloth bag, but I never remember to use it. I think I am now compelled to change. Wow. I wonder why there’s not more readily available information on the dangers associated with plastic bags? Vile, indecent corruption!

    wasapninjordan said:
    June 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Am glad you both liked the post. 🙂 I just wish I could do more to create an awareness about our environment.

    Verda Vivo said:
    June 25, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    It’s a shame that recycle bins in grocery stores make you think you’re doing a good thing by recycling your plastic bags. Until you realize they’re probably not being recycled at all.

    We keep 2 reusable grocery sacks in the trunk of our car and use them all the time. I always carry one Reisenthel – Mini Maxi Shopper Eden, Long Handle bag in my purse and whip it out whenever I make a purchase in a store. Until plastic bags are banned outright, there are still way too many people who will continue to use them.

    sumaraju said:
    July 9, 2008 at 6:27 AM

    this awareness shall be done in the educational institutes and fstudents can campaign on this or can even do a project and show how india can save oil whichis used for manufacturing these bags.

    clear perspective said:
    January 4, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    For facts about plastic bags and their impact on the environment as well as environmental shopping strategies, visit

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