some stats from the article in the SMH
- The energy consumed in the life cycle of a plastic bag is estimated to be equivalent to 13.8 millilitres of crude oil, or about a teaspoonful.
- Between 3.9 billion and 4.5 billion plastic bags were thought to have been used in Australia in 2005.
- 34 per cent fewer bags were used in 2005 than in 2002.- Most lightweight plastic bags used in Australia are made overseas.
Interestingly 60% voted for banning in the poll that the SMH put on their site. So lets keep going for it! That sea of plastic is not getting any smaller.
The Video on the Synthetic Sea from research done by the Algalita Organisation is more than eye opening.
It certainly helps to make you remember to take your shopping basket next time you go to the supermarket!