We are all familiar with plastic bags, but not many people are aware of the cruel truth hiding behind the using of plastic bags. The level of plastic bag consumption is estimated at more than 500 billion plastic bags per year, almost 1 million per minute.
The main source of this problem is disposable bags made of polyethylene with a high level of density (HDPE). Having packed your goods in such a package, you leave it to rot in the earth for nearly 1,000 years.
Investigation of Australian Department of the Environment shows that Australians consume about 6.9 billion plastic bags per year, it is 326 per person.
According to statistics in Ireland in 20011.2 billion disposable plastic bags were used, each person uses 316 disposable plastic bags per year. However, the problem has been cardinally improved in 2002 due to the introduction of new packages PlasTax , thus, the consumption level of HDPE bags decreased by 90%. (more…)