Positive Future #192 (Feature photo – Plastic bag floating in the Ocean – CCA SA 3.0 Unported)
According to the United Nations Environment Program, the world produces over 300 million tons of plastic annually. This is equal to about 80 lbs. of plastic for every person in the world every year. It is estimated that 5 trillion plastic bags end up in the ocean each year. The world, including almost all households, has become polluted with trillions of micro-plastic particles that can even float in the air.
In the U.S., California and Hawaii have banned single-use plastic bags. The cities of Austin, Boston, Chicago and Seattle have also banned single-use. Interestingly, one of the world’s poorest nations – Bangladesh – began imposing a ban on single-use plastics in 2002.
Australia made news recently as it is now in the process of banning single-use plastics.