FAQs By the Numbers
1,000,000,000,000 plastic bags used worldwide each year
102,000,000,000 plastic bags used in the U.S. each year
1,000 - # of plastic bags not used when just one reusable bag is used instead
500 - the number of bags used by the average American each year
14 - # of plastic bags manufactured from the same amount of petroleum a car uses to drive a mile
2 - rank of plastic bags found on Delaware's annual Coastal Cleanup Day (cigarette butts #1)
1 - the # of people it takes to make a difference
FAQs relating to policy addressing plastic bag pollution
[i] Researchers have commonly found plastic bags in the digestive tracts of dead sea turtles. [Source: See N. Mrosovsky et al., Leatherback Turtles: The Menace of Plastic, 58 MARINE POLLUTION BULL. 287, 287-88 (2009) (noting that 37.2% of Leatherback turtle necropsies from 1968 to 2009 showed plastic in their stomachs, and plastic bags were the most commonly found item).
[ii] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2011; O'Brine and Thompson, 2010.
[iii] Andrady, 2011; Betts, 2008; Cole et al., 2011; Derriak, 2002; Moore et al., 2001; Moore, 2008; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2011; United Nations Environment Programme, 2009; Zarfl and Matthies, 2010.
[iv] True, 2012.
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