Plastic Bag Litter Pollution


Californians used an estimated 13 billion plastic bags in 2012. That's roughly 400 bags per second! Far too many of these bags are littered and enter the ocean. Plastic bags are a primary source of litter because they are light and aerodynamic and are easily transported by wind into the watershed. Once littered, plastic bags essentially never biodegrade. Instead the sun breaks them into small pieces that choke and kill sensitive marine species such as turtles and birds.

The Problem of Plastic Bags

Local Plastic Bag Ban Ordinances

Campaign to End Single-Use Plastic Bags

Bag Ban Tool Kit 

 

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Wow, you would think that this is the time of history when people would be so much more mindful of this. How is exactly that these paper bags are ending up in the ocean anyway? I just don't understand how people can be so careless.

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