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People started making plastic bags in the 1950's
Most plastic bags are reusable and most of them can be recycled
Last year the British took home 8.5 billion single use carrier bags from supermarkets
Plastic bags are made of crude oil
Plastic grocery bags can have more than one life when you place them in the recycling bin
The average lifespan of a plastic bag is 12 minutes
Globally 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed per year
That breaks down to over 1 million bags per minute
Marine pollution by plastic is one of the main environmental concerns of using plastic bags
100,000 marine creatures die a year from plastic entanglement. 1 million sea birds die from plastic every year also