TENDUA - Association for biodiversity conservation

Plastic bags : some startling figures

  • 17 billion plastic bags are still consumed each year in France, of which 8 billion are left in the wild.
  • Its production takes 1 second, it is used for 20 minutes, but needs 450 years for its initial degradation in the wild.
  • 14,400 plastic bags are landing every hour on French beaches.
  • At least 100,000,000 marine animals die every year by ingesting plastic.
  • More than 1 million birds die each year by ingesting bits of plastic floating surface.

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