Did you know that 160,000 plastic bags are used every second? And that only around 1–3% of those bags are recycled each year?* That's a lot of trash! Luckily, there are ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce. One way is to use recyclable containers and recycle trash bags. At EvolutionBags, we think that it’s important to learn about the plastic bags we’re using — and see the benefits of switching to recycled plastic bags and eco-friendly trash bags. Learn more and shop EvolutionBags today!
Many Plastic Bags Are Not Recycled
One of the biggest problems with plastic bags is that many of them are not recycled. In fact, a large percentage of plastic bags just end up in a landfill after use. On top of that, around 10% of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. In fact, when you look at the North Pacific Ocean, there is six times more plastic debris than plankton.*
Oil Is Used to Produce New Plastic Bags
Do you know how the plastic bags you use are made? It may surprise you to learn that oil is used to produce new plastic bags. In fact, for every ton of plastic bags that are recycled, around 11 barrels of oil are saved. So, by using recycled plastic bags, you're not only helping the environment, but you're also saving energy.
Plastic Takes a Long Time to Biodegrade
Another reason to use recycled plastic bags is that they biodegrade much slower than other types of plastic. In fact, it can take up to 1,000 years for a single plastic bag to break down.* This means that if you're using plastic bags just for the trip home from the grocery store, the plastic used for that trip will still be around 1,000 years from now.
Some Plastic Bags Can Be Recycled
Did you know that some plastic bags can be recycled? In fact, many grocery stores have special recycle bins for plastic bags. All you need to do is remove the food and recycle the bag. This helps reduce the amount of trash produced each year and also reduces the need for new plastic bags.
Ready to make an impact and reduce the amount of plastic you use and work with EvolutionBags? Switch to recyclable containers and recycled trash bags! Not only are they better for the environment, but you'll also save money in the long run. Shop EvolutionBags today!
*Statistics taken from The World Counts