Keeping it green
Some facts about plastic and plastic bags
Around 8 billion plastic bags are brought home every year in the UK alone. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade. This means they break down into smaller and smaller toxic pieces, contaminating soil and waterways to then enter the food chain where animals can accidentally ingest them.
As it takes approximately 60 to 100 million barrels of oil to make the world’s plastic bags every year, the environmental impacts are staggering. The recent 5 pence tax charged on plastic bags in the UK is a good step forward in helping people reduce their bag use and the Baggee dispenser is a pro-active way of helping to achieve this.
Commenting on the research, UK Government Resource Minister Rory Stewart said: ‘We’re all guilty of taking a carrier bag from a supermarket, storing it somewhere safe at home with the intention of using it again, then forgetting to take it with us next time we go to the shops. But the more bags we take, the more plastic makes its way into our environment, blighting our high streets, spoiling our enjoyment of the countryside, and damaging our wildlife and marine environments. Simple changes to our shopping routines, such as taking our own bags with us or using more bags for life, can make a huge difference in reducing the amount of plastic in circulation meaning we can all enjoy a cleaner, healthier country.’
Did You Know?
- Over 7 billion single use bags were distributed in the UK in 2014. That's 224 bags per second. Or 133 bags per person per year
- If each of these bags were charged at 5p per bag that would cost £6.65 over the year
- About 2 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world (Earth Policy Institute)
- Only 1 in 200 plastic bags in the UK are ever recycled (BBC)
- The amount of petroleum used to make one plastic bag would reportedly power a car 115 metres
- 14 plastic bags = 1 mile.
We feel that the facts detailed above cannot be tolerated without long-term damage to the environment upon which we all depend. This is our inspiration and is what drives us to do what we do. If each of us takes a small step to reduce our plastic bag usage, we will all reap the benefits.