Environmental activist reveals that between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year world wide.
In the United States alone, an estimated 102 billion plastic bags are used annually. This is an alarming figure.
The same reason that has made plastic appliance(s) so successful, is the same reason that has made it so destructive to the environment. Due to it`s durability, plastic can take centuries to decompose.
Some of the plastic substances buried in the soil will take approximately 400 years to decompose, if at all.
Plastic is used in electronics, packaging, transportation, building and construction, health sector, to name just a few. From the above, one can truly see the advantages attached to using plastic appliances.
On the contrary, thousands of sea animals and more than a million birds die each year, as a result of plastic pollution.
The United Nations Environmental Program estimates that 46`000 pieces of plastic waste floats on every square mile in the ocean.
Like in many cases, developing countries are the ones that suffer the most from toxics emitted through poor methods of disposing plastic waste.