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News & Facts--Shopping Bags and Plastic Bag Pollution

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PlasticBag Pollution and the Environment.

Therehave more than 7billions people in the world, in 2014 we used nearly 100million tons of plastic shopping bags and it is estimated that up to 1.2trillion of these bags ended up littering our environment or 2 millions plasticbags every minute , while more than 400,000 plastic bags are dumped in landfillsites every hour. More than 8-9 trillion bags were manufactured globally in 2015.Plastic pollution is becoming an increasing environmental problem. 
According to the Age Newspaper (18):
"In China, polythene bags blowing around the streets are called 'whitepollution'. In South Africa, their visual presence around the countryside haswon them the title of 'national flower'. In India, multi-coloured plastic bagsare everywhere, hanging off trees, lining river banks, blowing down railwaylines, choking sacred cows and holding together every pile of rubbish the eyecan see.   But plastic bags are not only lethal to animals. In Bangladesh,serious flooding that caused major loss of life was linked to plastic bagsblocking drains." 

Wildlife Pay the Price for Plastic Bag Pollution.


Alternatives to Plastic Bags.


1. Plastic Shopping Bags in Australia, National Plastic Bags Working Group Report to the National Packaging Covenant Council, 6 December 2002 
2. Plastic Bags, Briefing Paper No. 05/2004 by Stewart Smith, NSW Parliament 
3. Investigation of options to reduce the impacts of plastic bags, April 2008, National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, Level 5, 81 Flinders Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000 
4. Plastic Shopping Bags in Australia, National Plastic Bags Working Group Report to the National Packaging Covenant Council, 6 December 2002 
5. No Bag Thanks, Karen Pearce, ABC. 
6. Irish plastic bag tax set to rise, BBC News, 22nd Feb 2007 
7. Planet Earth's new nemesis?, BBC News, 8th May 2002. 
8. Plastic Bag Pollution, Sharon Jacobsen. 
11. Plastic Bags, World Watch Institute. 
12. Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea Project, Algalita Marine Research Foundation. 
13. A world drowning in litter, David Chazan, BBC News, 2002. 
14. Campaign Against the Plastic Plague, Earth Resource Foundation. 
16. Drowning in an Ocean of Plastic, Stephen Leahy, Wired News, June 5, 2004. 
17. Plastic pollution, Usha Jesudasan, The Hindu, 6th July 2002. 
18. Dirty old bags, The Age newspaper, 29th June, 2004.
19. Plastic Bag Reduction, Planet Ark. 
21. The Pelican Story Project, Kiama Council. 
22. Plastic Pollution in North Pacific Seabirds, Bob Day, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 
23. Seabirds ingest bellyfuls of plastic pollution, Rob Edwards, New Scientist, 08 January 2005. 
24. Pelagic Plastic, Algalita Marine Research Foundation. 
27. Your alternatives to the plastic bag, BBC News, 29th Feb 2008.
29. Say No to Plastic Bags, Remote Northern Territory Communities, Plastic Bag Survey for Community Stores
30. Plastic check-out bag use in non-supermarket retail outlets, Planet Ark Environmental Foundation for the Department of the Environment and Heritage, March 2005
31. Plastic Bags, Clean Up the World Pty Ltd.
32. Steming the plastictide, Queensland Government.

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