Every year, 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every minute worldwide - that's more than a million bags each minute. The production of plastic bags creates enough solid waste annually to fill the Empire State Building two and a half times! Also, the amount of petroleum used to create 14 plastic bags could be used to drive a car one mile. In fact, the number of bags consumed annually cost 12 million barrels of oil (roughly $500 million) to produce.
Plastic bags actually take 400 to 1000 years to decompose, resulting in pieces of plastic being disposed of in the ocean. Over 100,000 marine animals die from improperly disposed plastic bags. Some parts of the ocean have a ratio of 6 pounds of plastic per pound of plankton. Learn more about what plastic bags do to our environment, and what can be done about this, in this eye-opening article from Planet Green.