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 plastic bags - european commission - environment
The Plastic Bags Directive ( Directive (EU) 2015/720) is an amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC) and was adopted to deal with the unsustainable consumption and use of lightweight plastic carrier bags (i.e. plastic carrier bags with a wall thickness below 50 microns), which are one of the top ten littered items in ...

 plastic pollution facts and information - national geographic
Many of these products, such as plastic bags and food wrappers, have a lifespan of mere minutes to hours, yet they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

 plastic bag - wikipedia
Plastic bag. A plastic bag, poly bag, or pouch is a type of container made of thin, flexible, plastic film, nonwoven fabric, or plastic textile. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting goods such as foods, produce, powders, ice, magazines, chemicals, and waste. It is a common form of packaging .

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 from birth to ban: a history of the plastic shopping bag - unep
2002 – Bangladesh is the first country in the world to implement a ban on thin plastic bags, after it was found they played a key role in clogging drainage systems during disastrous flooding. Other countries begin to follow suit. Photo: Reuters. 2011 – Worldwide, one million plastic bags are consumed every minute.

 everything you need to know about plastic pollution
Watch on. Overall, 46 per cent of plastic waste is landfilled, while 22 per cent is mismanaged and becomes litter. Unlike other materials, plastic does not biodegrade. This pollution chokes marine wildlife, damages soil and poisons groundwater, and can cause serious health impacts.

 visual feature | beat plastic pollution - unep
The estimated annual loss in the value of plastic packaging waste during sorting and processing alone is US$ 80- 120 billion. Cigarette butts — whose filters contain tiny plastic fibers — are the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment. Food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic grocery bags, plastic ...

 how does plastic waste affect the environment? - ehn
More than 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, with an average "working life" of only 15 minutes 500 billion plastic bags are used annually—and that's just plastic bags. Of all plastics the world has produced, only 9% of the nine billion tons has been recycled —most ends up in landfills, dumps, or in the environment.

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