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[GreenYes] Re: Fwd: Plastic Bags - how much oil is wasted in producing them?



The world uses between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic grocery bags
a year.
About 3 percent become litter-hanging from fences or trees, clogging
storm drains, and causing problems for wildlife. Many bags are
recycled. About 50% end up as waste.

67 bags weigh 1 pound, so 500 billion bags= 7,462,685,567 pounds of
white plastic grocery bags going to landfills each year.

Pound for pound, plastics contain as much energy as petroleum or
natural gas, so this represents the loss of almost 4 billion tons of
energy each year.

More information <a href="
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/09/0902_030902_plasticbags.html";>
here </a>




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