The Plastic Bag: Is it on the Way OUT?

Small, Conscious Choices Can Make a Difference!

As shown in this graphic from, plastic bags are a huge problem worldwide—and especially in the U.S., where more than 75% of all of the plastic bags in the world are used. The good news is that progress is being made to reduce this number, as evidenced by recent statewide plastic bag bans in California and Hawaii along with others in various cities and towns across the nation. There’s still a long way to go, however, to rid the country, and the world, of the silent strangler that’s littering our landscapes and choking our oceans.

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While the problem of plastic pollution is undoubtedly a big one, we at Norwex Movement know that small, conscious choices can effect enormous change, especially when we join efforts!

Let’s resolve to be part of the solution!

Here are a few facts about plastic bags from to help us remember to do our part in the fight against plastic pollution:

  • 60,000 plastic bags are consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds.
  • They are made using non-renewable resources, either petroleum or natural gas.
  • They take huge amounts of energy to manufacture, transport across the country, and recycle.
  • They don’t break down in landfill sites (due to lack of oxygen and light—nothing does), but over time they release dangerous chemicals.
  • They’re incredibly difficult to recycle, causing problems such as blocking the sorting equipment used by most recycling facilities.
  • Buildups of plastic bags are notorious for causing blockages of local drainage systems in developing countries. The floods in Bangladesh in 1988 and 1998, and frequent flooding in Manila can be attributed to blockages caused by this litter.
  • Floating plastic bags [in our oceans] are often mistaken for jellyfish by marine animals who feed on them, such as sea turtles which are threatened with becoming endangered due to mass ingestion of plastics.
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