Updated: Mar 21
In our daily lives, we often come across numerous things, whether they be essentials or non-essentials like milk, vegetables, fruits, clothes, etc. But above all these, do you find any single thing which is similar among all of them? One thing which is promptly related to the environment? The answer is their packaging, the use of plastic bags.
On 3rd July every year, the world observes "International Plastic Bag Free Day" to cope up with several ways to eliminate the use of plastic bags on a global level. This day was first found by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) in 2008.
It takes around 500 years for plastic bags to get disposed off. No doubt the use of plastic bags is somehow prominent but its impact on our ecosystem is severe and we all are well aware of it.
Today, we're going share some surprising data about the use of plastic bags in the world:
1. In 1993, at a chemical plant in Northwich, England; 'Polyethylene ' a crucially used plastic was formulated by coincidence. Later it turned out to be a cheaper and plentiful resource among the industries though it was initially used in secret by the British military during world war 2nd.
2. In 1965 one-piece shopping plastic bag was patented by a Swedish company, Celloplast.
3. In 1997, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Mariana trench where massive plastic has been compiled was discovered by Charles More, a Sailor and researcher. It was found that thousands of sea turtles were killed mistakenly eating plastic bags as Jellyfishes.
4. On 28th July 2002, Bangladesh confronted heavy floods in some parts of the country assassinating over 500 people and leaving millions homeless. Later on, in reports, it was found that plastic bags had a critical role in the blockage of drainage holes during floods. As a result, Bangladesh becomes the very first country to impose a ban on the use of thin plastic bags in 2002.
5. India, in 1988 Sikkim faced severe landslides due to heavy rainfall and it was found that plastic bags have a key role in blocking the way of rainwater. Later Sikkim govt imposed a ban on plastic bags in the state for the very first time in 1988.
6. Thereafter in 2009 Himachal Pradesh, 2017 Delhi and Karnataka in 2016 imposed a total ban on the use of plastic bags.
7. In October 2019 Indian government imposed a nationwide ban on the use of plastic bags aiming to become a single-use plastic bag-free nation by 2022.
1. Globally, around 380 billion tons of plastic is generated every year out of which 50% is for single-use plastic bags.
2. 10 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year disastrously affecting aquatic life.
3. Packaging possesses 40% of total plastic usage.
4. However, on average, every year 500 billion plastic bags were used globally.
5. Worldwide, more than 1 million plastic bags were used every minute.
6. The average working life of a plastic bag is about 15 minutes only.
Nevertheless, in India, we're a family of 1.30 billion people and each one of us can do our part to prevent us and our future generations from this drastic change in the ecosystem due to the use of plastic bags.
On this "International Plastic Bag Free Day", let's pledge to be together in this journey towards creating a better environment for our upcoming generations.
Here at Outer Woods, we care about the environment and can proudly confess that we are doing our part by manufacturing multi-use (reusable) Wine Cooler Bags. Our Wine Cooler Bags are made up of thick durable fabric that help you carry your favorite drinks wherever you go. By using Outer Woods Wine Bags you can rest assured that of its durablity for years and this will help you stop using plastic bags while you shop for or carry your favorite drinks. The Outer Woods Wine Cooler Bags come with 360 degree thermal insulation which keeps your drinks cool for upto 6 hours.
You can play your part and help save our mother nature.
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