10 Disgusting Facts About Plastic

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It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, doesn't it? Here are 10 facts about plastic that might change your mind the next time you go grocery shopping.


1
The United States goes through 100 billion plastic bags every year.

2
Less than 5% of plastic get recycled in the U.S. Only about 1-3% of plastic bags get recycled worldwide.

3
90% of all grocery bags are plastic bags.

4
It takes 1000 years to break down one plastic bag.

5
Plastic bags do not decompose, they break down into toxic bits contaminating water, soil, and poison living animals.

6
Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags.

7
Less than 5 percent of US shoppers use canvas, cotton, or mesh bags.

8
The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.

9
Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas.

10
The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States.