Plastic Bag Environmental Impact Facts
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade - breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.
- A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to break down in the environment.
- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
- Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.
- Nearly 90% of the debris in our oceans is plastic.
Sources: International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies or persons as cited.