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Ugly truth

The Ugly Truth

Plastic is damaging

Here is why:

Every year, Americans reportedly throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags. (Worldwatch Institute)

The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. (National Resources Defense Council)

Each year, 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That’s nearly two million plastic bags used per minute. (Earth Policy Institute)

About 191 million barrels of hydrocarbon gas liquids were used to make plastic in the U.S. in 2010. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

There is now six times more plastic debris in parts of the North Pacific Ocean than zooplankton. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France. (The Telegraph)

Only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide. (Love Your Earth)

Less than 5 percent of US shoppers use canvas, cotton, or mesh bags. Please change that number by choosing reusable bags when you shop (Love Your Earth)