Single-Use Plastic Bags

  • Consumers use more than 500 billion plastic shopping bags per year worldwide.
  • That amounts to almost 1 million bags per minute!
  • These single-use bags end up in our landfills and drains.
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photo-degrade.
  • Photo-degradation is a chemical change in which light absorption reduces the useful properties of materials, particularly polymers.
  • This means they break down into small toxic bits that pollute our soil, rivers, lakes and oceans.
  • Because plastic bags require vast amounts of oil to produce, they contribute to expensive dependence on foreign countries.

Legislating Positive Change

  • The days of single-use bags are numbered, they are simply not sustainable.
  • Even paper bags, which were once thought of as a more environmentally friendly choice, are coming under scrutiny.
  • Sustainable products are becoming more and more crucial to our environment.
  • Increasingly, cities and states across the U.S. are legislating the reduction or outright ban of plastic and other single-use bags.

The Green Bag Company stays on top of such legislation for our customers.