Do plastic bags bans work?

At least 32 countries have banned or restricted the use of Plastic Bags. But do we know how well it is working out?

The average plastic bag we pick up at the grocery store, or carry the lunch takeout in, has a lifespan of about 12 minutes. Shoppers collectively use around 500 billion single-use plastic bags every year. That is about 150 bags per person, per year. Globally, as many as 160,000 plastic bags are used every second—and currently, only 1% to 3% of them are recycled. This simply isn’t sustainable behavior and plastic bag bans are simply not working great for our environment.

Plastic Bags hurt ocean life
Did you know that more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year? Now is the best time to act!

The Studies show that where ever the Plastic Bags have been banned there has been a constant reduction in the usage of Plastic Bags. For instance in Seattle, where bags were banned 5 years ago, residents have seen a 48% drop in residential plastic bag waste.

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Ingrid Taylar