In Britain 8 billion plastic bags are used every year. That's 8,000,000,000 or three bags a week for every man, woman and child. Most of them are thrown away. But they don't disappear. Plastic bags are strong. They can last hundreds possibli thousands of years. Pkastic bags have become a really big enviromental problem.
In the past the bags were seen only in the big cities, but now they are found everywhere. In South Africa the white bags in the trees look like summer snow. Turtles and thousands of other animals die when they eat bags. Coral reefs are killed - the bags stop the heat ftom the sun.
If you want to help with the growing plastic bag problem think locally. Don't use plastic bags - use cerdboard boxes or paper shopping bags instead. If you use plastic bags use them five or six times and ask if they are biodegradable.