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Some facts about plastic bags

Katie Rosie Quant at the U.S. magazine Mother Jones gave some facts about plastic bags after California banned disposable ones in 2014:

• A bag is typically used for just 12 minutes.

• According to the Australian government, a car could drive 36 feet (3m) with the amount of petroleum used to make one plastic bag.

• For a paper bag to be better in terms of global warming impact, you have to use it three times.

• A cotton bag must be used 131 times before its global warming impact is less than single-use plastic bags.

• Australia cut usage of plastic bags by two-thirds through charging for them.

• Ireland imposed a tax on plastic bags in 2002 and cut usage by an estimated 75-90%.

In a New York Times op-ed, marine captain and researcher Charles J. Moore of California wrote: "We suspect that more animals are killed by vagrant plastic waste than by even climate change."

WHO: UNITED NATIONS

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-ocean-plastic-waste-resolution-us-china-india-reject-pollution-sea-united-nations-environment-a8095541.html

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56229#.Wi3PuZT7ISE

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56638#.Wi3QOJT7ISE

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/chile-oman-sri-lanka-south-africa-join-cleanseas-campaign-against

MAJOR SUPERMARKETS

https://www.woolworthsgroup.com.au/page/media/Press_Releases/woolworths-group-announces-move-away-from-single-use-lightweight-plastic-shopping-bags-nationwide/

http://www.wesfarmers.com.au/ (Annual Report 2017)

WHAT LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

http://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/documents/doc-854-plastic-bags-factsheet-2012.pdf

http://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/documents/doc-854-plastic-bags-factsheet-2012.pdf

WILDLIFE DAMAGE

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4185038/A-whale-30-PLASTIC-BAGS-stomach.html

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/

http://www.seeturtles.org/sea-turtle-diet/ "ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY" PLASTIC

https://engage.vic.gov.au/application/files/3215/0827/4648/FINAL_as_at_17102017_-Reducing_the_impacts_of_plastics_on_the_Victorian_environment-_join_the_discussion.pdf

SHOPPING BAGS

https://engage.vic.gov.au/application/files/8815/0588/2728/Types_of_Shopping_Bags.pdf

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

http://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/plastic-bag-ban

http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/data_and_publications/all_publications/for_councils/plastic_bag_ban

AUSTRALAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

https://www.environment.act.gov.au/waste/plastic-bag-ban

http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/curious-canberra/2017-08-28/does-a-plastic-bag-ban-cause-a-spike-in-the-use-of-bin-bags/8819504

http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/curious-canberra/2017-08-28/does-a-plastic-bag-ban-cause-a-spike-in-the-use-of-bin-bags/8819504

NORTHERN TERRITORY

https://nt.gov.au/environment/environment-protection-recycling-waste/plastic-bag-ban

https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/waste-pollution/plastic-bag-ban

TASMANIA

http://epa.tas.gov.au/sustainability/resources-for-the-community/plastic-shopping-bags

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2017/09/McGowan-Government-gives-green-light-to-bag-ban.aspx

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/single-use-plastic-bags-to-be-banned-in-wa-from-mid-2018/8895518

QUEENSLAND

https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/plastic-bags/about

VICTORIA

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/banning-single-use-plastic-shopping-bags/

https://engage.vic.gov.au/application/files/3215/0827/4648/FINAL_as_at_17102017_-Reducing_the_impacts_of_plastics_on_the_Victorian_environment-_join_the_discussion.pdf

https://engage.vic.gov.au/waste/plastic-pollution

NEW SOUTH WALES

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Whatelsewesupport/call-for-nsw-ban-on-plastic-bags-.html

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-government-silent-on-statewide-plastic-bag-ban-20170715-gxbuzp.html

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