The plastic bag is a necessity of our consumer routines. They allow us to increase our carry load by placing produce and items into a lightweight and cheap plastic bag. Unfortunately because of its popularity many upon many plastic bags are used daily and are often more than not, not disposed of properly. Here we will explore the production, use, and disposal of the full life cycle of the plastic bag.
Extraction and Production
First oil is extracted from the depths of earth’s crust, albeit from land or from the ocean. The oil is then refined into both propane and ethane.
The average bag is usually only used for 20 minutes and are used only once or twice before being disposed of. The average American used 216 bags annually with 1 million bags being used every minute in the United States. All these bags do add up, totally to about 100 billion bags per year, costing retailers over $4 million annually. World-wide more than 1 trillion bags are used every single year.
Waste and Recycling
All these plastic bags have to end up somewhere now. They don’t just disappear from our lives, as much as we’d like to think whenever we throw them out. They do build up and can cause major pollution to the environment with dire consequences if not recycled properly.
If a plastic bag is not recycled properly then it will rot either in the oceans or
And this completes the lifecycle of the plastic bag; unfortunately most bags will not make full circle, but instead they will be trapped in the oasis of plastic refuge in the Pacific Ocean. So please, find a plastic bag drop off location so that you can help to complete the life cycle by recycling the bag back to its plastic pellets so that they can be used to make other plastic “life-forms”.
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